This month has had me refocus my energy on my writing projects. While I’m still trying to get back to my social life, I’ve found some solace in my virtual scribbles. So what have I been working on?
Redeeming the Demon’s Daughter
This retelling from the Hindu epic, the Ramayana, tells the story of a mermaid who falls in love with the monkey god, Hanuman, but must resolve her feelings for him against her loyalty to her father, the demon Ravana.
I’m really excited to share this short story, which allowed me to account for a character forgotten by the epic. We know what happens to Ravana, to Hanuman, to every other character connected to them, but other than their love story, no one knows anything about Suvarnamatsya (sometimes Suvannamaccha). Her voice was so clear in my head, and her story so needed a conclusion.
Right now, the story is done and awaiting cover art: I’ve got an awesome artist painting me a cover, focusing on Suvarnamatsya and the choices that dictate her future. As soon as the cover is finished, I’m going to get the story up on Amazon, free for the first month. If you’re interested, be sure to sign up for my newsletter to get an email once the story is released so you can get it for free.
I’ve got a Saturday Snippet coming up for Redeeming the Demon’s Daughter coming soon too. You can take a look at the difference in the opening scene between the first and final drafts.
I got editor feedback for Novella 1, Sea Dreams. She was incredibly helpful, offering me suggestions to make sure the transitions are solid and that the main characters equally claim the reader’s attention. There were some opportunities I missed that she identified, and I look forward to making her suggested changes and adding her suggested scenes or feelings to really pack the right punch.
On the bright side, she LOVED the characters and couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. Luckily for you, you will not have the same problem once you start reading it: I’ll be releasing the entire trilogy back-to-back-to-back, probably with pre-orders.
Which brings me to what else I’ve been writing: Novella 2, Sea Rivals, is getting close to being wrapped up, too. I’m going to take some time off Sea Rivals to polish up Sea Dreams, but I’m getting pretty close to another finished draft for the trilogy.
And in case you missed my tweet, I finally finished naming a major character, “Kai Sterling.”
I’ve made a lot of promises for upcoming blog posts and just haven’t finished writing them all yet. The next one might just be a general compilation of “Why Engineers Shouldn’t Watch TV” in combination with what else I’ve been watching.
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