Beyond Beginnings: Sequels

A Good Year End

In November 2016 I became a published novel author, building on my years as a short story writer. 51i8civxul-_ac_us240_ql65_51vykdagqhl-_ac_us240_ql65_

Where do you go from there?

You write the sequel.

Actually, I started writing the sequel long before I published “Faces of Janus“. It’s already gone out to beta readers, for publication in Spring 2017.

My Janus Paradisi novels run in parallel to Cheri Lasota’s Paradisi Exodus series. Our protagonists occupy the same place and time. Our characters come together and cooperate while pursuing their own objectives within a five book arc, so all planning had to be cooperative.

I had to understand her characters–their motivation, strengths, and weaknesses, abilities and relationships… We had to compare where she wanted her plot to go and where I wanted mine to go.

519bvtemdxl-_ac_us240_ql65_Underlying the whole exercise were the canon requirements of writing in a wider open-source universe, where many other writers establish circumstances or technology or characters that impinge on our stories. It’s a fascinating experience. Together we overcame all the obstacles.

So how did that work?

I’m not a plotter. I know who my characters are, where they are and what they want. I know where I want them to end up on the last page. I mark down a few “key” events for them to encounter on their journey. Then I sit back and let them control my fingers hitting the keyboard. It’s their story, after all, so I let them tell it. Often, the story they make me tell is different to the one I had in mind. (That really screws up plotting.)

So I’m a Pantser, writing by the seat of my pants. (Personally, I prefer the term “Organic” to “Pantser”. It51yudiocoel-_ac_us240_ql65_ sounds more professional.)

Cheri is a plotter. The events in every chapter are planned out well before she starts writing. Her characters go where she tells them, or else.

Naturally, my “Organic” gave way to her “Plotting”. There was no way we could share adventures without strict plotting. Together, we outlined the storylines covering the next two or three novels in our series.

Hectic Days Ahead in 2017

  • A print version of “Faces of Janus” is in the works
  • Janus Challenge” is with beta readers
  • Work progresses on the third in the series, targetted for publication in late Summer, 2017

I wish you all happy reading during the remaining bleak midwinter. Here are some suggestions: other novels set in the Paradisi Chronicles universe…

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Team Writing

 

I recently mused about writers having more ideas than time. Is there a solution to the conflict between over-inspiration in a finite lifespan?

How about sharing the load?

The Association of Ghostwriters claims 50% of best-sellers are ghosted. Shocked? Continue reading

No Revolution Is Too Big: Finspace

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I am proud to announce that the latest in the series is my own work.

The alien Rescue Broker, Stelfson, visits a teenage Earth girl with whom he had worked as a small child, leaving confused memories. He needs a good swimmer for a mission to help a peaceful aquatic race who are being oppressed by a powerful, land-based civilization. Her mission — to block the pollution channels being used to poison the aquatics, while there is still time.

Trouble is, the aquatic race are shark-like creatures — and she’s terrified of sharks!

Available in the USA from Amazon.com

And in the UK from Amazon.co.uk

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No Revolution Is Too Big: Vol 4

716QbZs1zuL._SL1300_A few days ago, I told you about the SciFi series, “No Revolution Is Too Big“.

Each story in the series is written by a different author and explores the universe devised by bestselling author, Mike Lynch.

Volumes 1,2 and 3 had already been released when I wrote, and now Volume 4 is available from Amazon and other suppliers.

No Revolution Too Small“, is written by  Continue reading

No Revolution Is Too Big: Vols 1-3

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After a bit of an absence, due to family, writing and acting commitments, I’m back with news about one of the projects I have been working on.

Award-winning writer, Mike Lynch, has launched a series of short books, all set in the universe established in his original story, “No Revolution is Too Big“.

That story features a student’s adventures with an acerbic alien, Stelfson, who unexpectedly Continue reading