As a writer, you have ideas coming to you at all times. I can only speak for myself when I say that if I ignore these ideas, they continue to fester inside my brain until I write them down. Now, not all ideas are great ideas. I’ve started several books, only to reach the middle and think “wow, this isn’t going anywhere” or “wow, this sucks” or “wow, this is boring.” At that point I either stuff the manuscript in my slush box (yes, I have one.) If I remember, I might pull it out and try again or take it apart and add it to other novels I’m working on. However, there’s always one idea that I try hard to ignore and place on the back burner and it ends up coming to bite me in the ass later. I consider myself a dark fiction author. That is, I like writing about the darker things in life; vampires, zombies, werewolves, ghosts, mass murderers – I think you get the idea. But this new idea isn’t dark fiction. Honestly, I don’t know what to call it. What I do know is that I love writing it and I won’t stop until it’s done. This little experimentation is called “Sphere.” It’s a serial novel, meaning that it’ll be 50-70 pages each or about 15,000-20,000 words. The first “season” has six episodes and it will be self published, e-book format only. Besides this being my first time writing “episodes” this is also my first time writing something other than a dark fiction novel. I’ve only seen a few authors with published serial novels, episodes ect. I’m not expecting this to fly off the digital shelves, as they say. If it does, well then I’ll be thrilled. If not, I’m fine with that. So with that being said, here’s a rough draft of the cover art created by Javier Alvarez of Javier Designs and edited by Charlotte Emma Gledson (who is amazing!) I personally love it so maybe it isn’t a rough draft after all. I’m a sucker for drawn artwork! Short Synopsis (subject to change) Just finishing graduating high school, Tayla Wyatt looks forward to heading off to the same college her best friend Sara was accepted to. This is her only way to get away from her family’s troubles and the fact that her mother walked out on her and her father over a decade ago. The day of her 17th birthday they meet Darrien, a shy eighteen year old boy who reveals to Tayla that she’s descended from a long line of Carriers, humans endowed with special abilities or “gifts” and that her gift she has yet to harness is the strongest gift of them all. Tayla doesn’t believe him. After all, no human in the world has special powers, or do they? Things suddenly take a downward spiral turn as Tayla finds herself immersed in their world. Still questioning why her mother left her, she must also come to grips with the fact that her gift may not be a blessing but a curse.
I just received the edits back for Deamhan and I have to say, I’m having a blast going through my novel and reading the editor’s comments. I’m ecstatic that Charlotte Gledson, the editor loves it! From the look of what she wrote in her email, she really enjoyed it! Her personal webpage is http://www.darkfictionediting.co.uk/ I highly recommend her! She’s awesome at what she does. This is very exciting. It just makes my faith in my work all the stronger!I hope to get through these edits in about two weeks. If things work out well, I should have a set publication date for my novel from my publisher soon! Also, I’ve received eight chapters for The Carriers, my novella. I was so scared to open the emails because this is my first attempt at writing a novella. I’ve received great feedback from the editor along with important things I’ve either missed or described too much of. I’m currently writing the second installment and I have to admit, it’s killing me. When it comes to writing, I prefer 70,000 – 85,000 word novels. However, that doesn’t mean that I’ll try writing almost anything. The shortest piece I wrote was about 323 words which was published online a few years ago. I never thought that writing something this short would prove to be so hard. It’s a learning process which I plan to overcome! I also received a rough draft of the cover for the novella. It’s exactly what I’ve wanted and I can’t wait for the finished product! Damn, I love being a writer!