Epic (As in, it’s pretty long.)
Overdue (I know. It’s been a while.)
Post (Well, that one is pretty self-explanatory.)
I’m BACK! Back from almost a solid month of travel and back to writing. Until I take off next week for the big RT Magazine Convention in Las Vegas, so scroll down to the bottom for information about that.
Ethiopia! How to explain Ethiopia? I don’t think there is anyway to explain it in a blog post. It’s too big. In a lot of ways, my heart still feels like it’s there. My brain is still readjusting.
It’s ancient. Surprising. Challenging. It’s phenomenal. It’s beyond diverse. The people and geography are mind-boggling. And I met people there I will know for the rest of my life. Everyone told me it would be a trip I’d never forget and they were so, so right.
I’ve built a gallery of pictures from my two weeks there, but it’s only a fraction of what I saw.
So I guess how I explain Ethiopia is that part of it captured my heart and I don’t know if I need that part back. It might belong in the cradle of life.
I’m happy to say that I found tons of writing inspiration there, for Lucien’s book, which is the next one in the Elemental World that I’ll be writing this summer, but also for other stories. The sheer history almost demands it. I’m definitely considering setting one of Ben and Tenzin’s novels there, and it also informed some future storylines in the Irin Chronicles series.
And since Irin Chronicles is what I’m writing right now, that’s a good thing! I’ll admit, Damien and Sari’s book (which is really four linked novellas) has been one of the most challenging things I’ve ever written. Structurally. Thematically. It’s maybe THE most challenging thing. I’ve gone from some of the most gut-wrenching Irin history (the Rending, anyone?) to overlapping Damien and Sari’s story with Ava and Malachi’s during the events of The Singer (which is what I’m writing now.) I’m trying to avoid overlaps in conversation and scenes, but some of that is inevitable, because there was a lot going on behind the scenes in the second Irin book.
I’m working with my developmental editor, Lora, to make The Staff and the Blade as accessible as possible for new readers while not making previous readers feel like they’ve already read this story.
I promise you. You haven’t.
Scenes that you saw from the outside in The Singer are going to take on an ENTIRELY new meaning when you read them in The Staff and the Blade. It’s really, really challenging, but I think the final stories are going to be some of my most compelling writing.
As for a release date, I’m still struggling with whether or not to release each novella separately or wait and publish all at once. I’m leaning toward all at once, but I’m waiting to talk to my editor to see if the story arc reads better overall with space between each novella.
Either way, please trust that the story and my readers are my top priority. And my sanity. That should probably be in there, too. So story, readers, sanity. In that order.
Whichever way I go, you’re looking at a summer release date for the book but I can’t be more specific than that.
RT Convention 2016!
Those of you attending the 2016 Las Vegas bookstravaganza will have a few chances to see me this year. I’ll be moderating a craft panel called “Make Your Serial a Killer” with 2016 RT Award winner Jeffe Kennedy, and two of my favourite authors, Meljean Brooks and Killian McRae. That panel is on Friday, April 15th at 2:45 in the Palma E room. I’m moderating and I’ll be hanging out after the panel to say hi if you want to join us. More info about the panel here.
I’ll also be signing at the GIANT BOOK FAIR on Saturday with over 650 of your favourite authors from 10:30-2:00. I’ll have copies of The Secret, which was nominated for an RT Award this year), The Scarlet Deep, and Waking Hearts for sale. You are also allowed to bring two books from home per author you’re visiting. Giant Book Fair entrance is included with RT Convention tickets, but you’re not attending the convention, you can also purchase tickets at the door. More info about the Book Fair here.
ALSO, if you are a convention attendee and see me around, please say hi! I usually have time to talk and if I don’t, I’ll let you know that I have to be somewhere for a meeting or something. But I’d love to catch a drink with you or a cup of coffee if I’m just hanging around. Also, the first reader who stops me to say hi every day will get a free book! I carry a few signed copies for just that reason. So please don’t be shy.
Ethiopia was life-changing…CHECK.
The Staff and the Blade is still giving me headaches…CHECK.
Don’t be shy at RT…CHECK.
Okay, I think that’s everything, but if you have any questions about what’s going on in my crazy life, please leave it in the comments!
All the best, Elizabeth