This week I'll just run through a number of things I have going on. The first is that my WIP, The Girl from the Village, is going to be medieval fantasy, with a bit of epic fantasy. At least the way it's looking right now. Every writer knows about the unpredictable directions that a story can take you when it gets a mind of its own, but at present the genre for the story is looking this way. TGFV isn't the only book I have planned. I would like to do an adventure story set in Scotland, in somewhat the style of Victoria, and a concept for a paranormal thriller keeps developing more day by day. That one is a surprise to me because detective and FBI agents haven't been my preferred way to express ideas. But maybe all of that detailed investigation into my own published books awoke some critical-thinking skills in me!
I've recently begun examining ideas out there that are similar to my books so I can make market comparisons for the readers. As in, "it's like a combination of Divergent and the Lone Ranger." Trust is a vital part of book reading. If someone recognizes another idea that is similar to your work, they have a factor immediately on what to expect from you. This doesn't mean all my books are like each other--but each one of them IS like something else out there. My books are not oddities. I like to do ideas that people might be overlooking because they don't fit into the majority of projects or concepts out there. If something isn't similar, it raises my curiosity about why that is, and usually it's because that book has a different audience attached to it. But there is a precedent for each of my books in the work of other people.
For example, think of City of the Invaders & Consuela (the Palladia stories) as like Adam West's Batman set in the future and starring teenagers. So with a dash of Tomorrowland, but with the comedy, cheesy villains, and light-hearted action you associate with an older view of Gotham. Not the serious tone of more recent Batman. Invaders (ironically, given its name) is more about the EC, while Consuela shows things from the Invader point of view. It's not like one side is bad and the other is good. In fact, no one in Palladia is particularly perfect, but they manage to defeat the bad guys anyway.
And there will be more updates.
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I live surrounded by cultivated fields that rapidly give way to wild flowers, wild plants, and wild life. I get most of my ideas while drifting innocuously around my house and some of those ideas get into print.
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