The Chronicles of Palladia is something I’m very excited about going forward. Finding a good story to tell is about finding a need that other authors aren’t meeting. No group of authors can fully meet the demand from everyone, no matter how talented those authors are. So there must be a story out there that is being underrepresented.
At first I didn’t notice Palladia much and when I did, the thoughts quickly faded off into lack of interest. The whole idea began as a simple short story in the Facets of Fantasy collection and even after I expanded it into a longer book I felt this book, City of the Invaders, would quickly disappear. When I changed an old fake-history rom-com into the Palladia world (Consuela), I of course thought, “where is this going?” so I talked a little bit last year about a possible series. But City of the Invaders just couldn’t hold my attention and I decided a series wouldn’t be practical or interesting.
But then, while my designer was working on a new cover for the very new Victoria: A Tale of Spain, I realized I wanted one for Invaders too. And when it popped out, I was surprised. It didn’t look like I expected. I’m not one of those book-cover jerks, but maybe I’d been staring at that old cover so long I hadn’t noticed the story developing beneath it. Palladia could perhaps be a science fiction world that wasn’t like the others on the market—something people might need because it was different.
So I’m going to pull the two drifting book ideas I already have out into the Palladia world. One of them into a third Chronicles of Palladia story and another into a longer, standalone novel using the Palladia world. There is now a website page for the Palladia WIP.
And there will be more updates.
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.