Mod R sent over the April questions. There are a lot of Innkeeper questions. They are very helpful to us because they let us know what to clarify in text, and for that reason we probably will try to answer the majority of those in the narrative rather than the blog. But I did want to touch on this one. It gets asked frequently.
Is there a plan or are you just making it up as you go along?
Both. There is an overall plan but the details get finalized as we are writing. For example, we have three challenges ahead of us. During each challenge, the 3 lowest ranking candidates are eliminated, until we have 3 candidates left for the finale. This is the framework of the spousal selection, but things rarely go smoothly. Our internal timeline is to take roughly one week for each challenge. Hopefully we can stick to it.
A lot of questions regarding the mystery project.
Is the snippet from a book you are planning on publishing?
I’ll be honest. The fact that our agency didn’t see this as a viable project shook my confidence a bit. Gordon is bulletproof when it comes to that and he feels that this project is worth developing. We have almost 30,000 words on it. It’s very different from our previous work, so this would be a bit of a gamble.
I know IA said that it’s different than their normal stuff- but I don’t recall them explaining how–less romance, maybe?
Will HA be staying in the romance genre? Or is there the possibility of branching out (especially with the new self-publishing thing)? I could really use a book without romance as the central focus/storyline these days!
The mystery project has romantic elements but it’s not as romance focused as Hidden Legacy. It would be more along the lines of Blood Heir level of romance, meaning it’s there, it’s important, but it’s not the central theme. It’s a slice-of-life fantasy, meaning that instead of a mystery where someone must solve a murder, the narrative is more about the character surviving and altering the events that are taking place. For example, the original Star Wars trilogy is an epic fantasy with a definite goal, while Mandalorian series is a slice of life.
As to moving away from romance, we finished our commitment to Avon and Hidden Legacy. As an aside, we’ve seen some advance reviews for Ruby Fever – they are overwhelmingly kind, thank you. We are very glad that the conclusion of the series was satisfying. We are free from all publisher commitments, so we may choose to continue Hidden Legacy on our own with Arabella trilogy or some shorter works with Rogan and Nevada or Catalina and Alessandro. We do not have any solid plans at this moment.
While romance is a wonderful genre that brought us many fans, our next work is likely to have romantic elements rather than be categorically romance. This is not at all reflection of the genre. It’s more that we’ve worked in that space for 6 years, and it would be good from the creative point of view to switch gears. We may pivot back to it at any point.
Everard is the love interest, right?
Eh…. There are several interesting men in that work.
The man next to him, in a grey cloak with the hood down, was younger by two years. His skin was darker by a couple of shades, and there was something lupine and dangerous about his face and the way he looked at you, emotionless, calm, and merciless. His hair fell to his shoulders, and like the stubble sheathing his award-winning jaw, it was completely white, Solentine was handsome, but his best assassin was sizzling hot, and to top it all off, his eyes were a bright shade of blue.
Because why not? After all, who could possibly remember a stunningly handsome man with honey-colored skin, blinding white hair, and piercing blue eyes running from the scene of the murder? He would blend right into the crowd.
The two men stared at me.
Wow. The double impact was almost too much.
It’s a fun world. Very different from what we’ve done so far.
But don’t worry, we know that you have your favorite series, and we have taken your wants into consideration when planning our schedule.
So is she a seer? Does she see the death of people that she meets? Or is that info strictly for the benefit of the reader? She has currency, so why is she so hungry? Who is she running from?
I’m wondering if she’s telling this in hindsight, or whether it’s a time travel issue or precognition?
All good questions.
Can we have the Blademaster snippet back, please?
Mod R, if you don’t mind, could you please unlock that snippet for another 48 hours and link it here?
In return for unlocking the snippet, I have some questions for you. Our next post will be a poll. We would appreciate your participation as it will help us determine the format and nature of our future projects. I am bribing you to do a little bit of market research. Since we are flying solo, we are own marketing, publicity, and sales. Oy.