The big day has arrived, and honestly, I didn’t think I’d be published before Christmas at the rate everything happened. I literally squeed in my chair when I saw this link and my name.
Turbulence is the perfect name for this book, in every sense of the word.
Before I continue with answers from readers about project updates, the pre-order for ebook is at the hyperlink. The print edition will come in a few weeks, after going through proofing and finalizing the print cover. However, because so many people asked me when the ebook was going on sale, I decided to focus on that first.
This book is recommended for those who are into urban fantasy and paranormal with mystery, suspense and thriller elements (with a bit of dark humor thrown in). This also appealed to anime fans, because some of the characters are quirky, like the female lead who poisons people, races cars and tries to run from the mafia while dressed like a 70’s child. Oh, and getting hunted by the feds because of her profession, unaware that’s he’s a professional hitman dressed like a homicide detective.
Interested parties can check out the first scene here.
The official release day is December 3rd, where I’ll be kicking it off with other authors at a Facebook takeover party. There’s great books authors are giving away, and it’s a chance to meet fresh faces in the indie industry. Honestly, it’s a great way to meet others and their help proved invaluable in several pieces in the publishing process.
Obviously, there are some people who deserve huge thank-you’s and they’ve been credited in the copyright section. However, I didn’t do a dedication page, because it literally would say “Thanks to everyone who put up with my crap” for the last four years of writing this novel of mishaps and bad timings.
(That and I forgot I could do one in the first place, and my wonderful formatter put me on the spot, knowing I had five other things going at one time. But seriously, I’d list a lot of freaking people.)
Book two will have a dedication page, but let me review why I say it’s been four years.
The History of Drafts
As some of you know, I have had five rewrites. In fact, I rewrote until I was sick of looking at this novel. I wanted to chuck this stupid thing across the room, out the window and rip up the papers. There were plenty of days where I wanted to throw in the towel.
For that, I have to thank R.J. Blain for telling me to suck it up and get my shit together. (And yes, that’s the only way I can put that phrase. It literally was “shit or get off the pot” at one point.)
The first draft was in screenplay form. Well, that won’t work for a novel, but I thought I could draw. My god.
The second was all over the place – you know, when you’re transitioning from role-play writing to novel writing – with forty characters and a convoluted plot line.
The third contained only Aviere’s point of view. Halfway through, two problems happened – I ran out of steam because it bored me (which means it’s a characterization issue) and feedback was there wasn’t enough tension to keep the story interesting.
So I went back and made a fourth. This one contained Travis’ point of view, but I still couldn’t nail Aviere’s character, and she was the main role. Also, another feedback with tension issues between both characters. Again, back to the drawing board.
Here, at this point, I got more than one beta involved. I had the first three chapters edited, submitted it to a publishing house, got it accepted, but then decided to go indie after developing my fanbase from other mediums, including the fanfiction I wrote several years ago.
After looking at it one more time, I wanted to make two important changes that someone notated – linking the characters together more cohesively within the first three chapters and adding a little more tension to the story.
The final draft was where I added two important characters – their boss and Peters (who, for some strange reason, people love). It was the magic marinade that made this story come to life and shine.
Now, I added Peters in the fourth draft, but he wasn’t as profound as this latest one. But a funny thing happened – adding a third person into the unit gave it the dynamic, wit and timing I needed. I didn’t have to “narrate what happened last scene” (a common mistake amongst new authors) because they could eavesdrop in real time, communicate through modern technology or look up stuff and relay information. It wasn’t something I thought of – but eventually, it made timing go faster and it kept people’s interests, while guessing about the character arcs in each person’s storyline at the same time.
The final draft was done for another reason – in book two, I started adding things in the draft which weren’t in one. Also, style changes happened – no more telling instead of showing the novel and characters’ reactions.
As much as I regretted it at first, I went back and rewrote the whole book, including cutting the original three chapters, because they didn’t force the reader right into the action.
The finish product ended up taking about 700k of trial and error, of cutting parts I loved, of making it cohesive and debating if I did this right. It also took a lot of editing. Line edits are no joke. Don’t discredit yourself or your editors. If it’s not working, cut the part and start over, or move on.
This novel was a learning experience, but it’s one I wouldn’t give up.
The best Thanksgiving gift was when I got the final versions in my inbox, stating they were done. The next day was when we tackled other issues with Amazon’s print version.
Status of Renegades Saga Projects
Right now, I’m focused on editing Drift, book two. I’ve got 50,000 words edited, and praying my editor doesn’t scold me for my latest set of shenanigans to these characters. I don’t have everything finalized yet, but I’m positive I’ll have this done for editing by mid-January, like we agreed to.
Drift’s cover is complete, thanks to Holly Heisey.
She’s contracted to start work on Break (book three) in February 2017.
Break is scheduled to start drafting after Drift is sent to the editor in January. I’ll try to juggle two projects at a time, since I write about 3,000 words a day on average now.
I’m aiming to have Drift published in late March, giving myself extra time in case we hit snags.
As for Break, I’m hoping for a July to August release. However, this may be more toward late September, since I anticipate this will be the biggest book in the series next to the conclusion, due to Aviere’s large character arc encompassing the main plotline and tying into all three point of view character arcs. She has two major character arcs, so while one ends in three, the final one begins at the end of that book.
I am currently working in between submitting to a few anthologies again and a standalone piece that came out of nowhere, featuring other supporting characters in the series.
Injustice has been put on hold until Drift is completed due to the characterization needed in that book. Injustice is Travis and Peters’ origin story, set five years before the story starts. In fact, I have the entire novel outlined, down to its ending, where they are assigned to capture Aviere Mye before the main villain does. However, they’re not the same people they are in the series.
The reason the characterization’s hard is because one major event triggering Travis’ altered personality didn’t happen until halfway through the the origin story. Usually, this isn’t a problem for most works, but this character flaw is so profound and used that I find it hard to transition away when I’m writing a book with his point of view as his current self.
Until book two is completed, this standalone will remain on hiatus, so that the characterization isn’t blurred between juggling both projects.
Instead, I’ll work on Interceptor, a standalone featuring a set of agents who aren’t the main characters. It gives me a break away from the main characters and I’ll get to write a cool story about my favorite set of people. Also, in writing another origin story set before the series begins for these guys, it will help develop other integral aspects for the series that need to be answered.
I have no idea when this will reach editing, but I can at least draft it in between working on books two and three.0