"You're too young to know what love is. You don't love me. You're infatuated with me." -- Sir Aric, The Prince's Knight

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Personal Protection status update

I'm hard at work on Personal Protection. Just finished combing over the first six chapters, so I've got them in a pretty good spot and I'll continue working on the book through the next couple of months, though I don't know how far I get as life is going to get pretty crazy for me soon, as we are planning a little vacation at the end of this month and then a big move probably at the end of May, so my writing time will be limited, but I'll do what I can.

I wrote the first draft during the 2009 NaNo, along with Tied to a Demon. Both books finished at just under 30,000 words which was my goal for both. While Tied to a Demon, after revisions and rewrites, stayed at that word count, Personal Protection left off on kind of a cliff-hanger, so I'm trying to decide whether I want to finish this book and then write a second one, or if I'd rather just continue adding onto this book until it's completed. By my estimations, that might be another 30,000 words.

The book is a bit of a departure for me. I know I've been focusing a lot of my publishing efforts on demons, but who doesn't like a sexy demon? Personal Protection, however, is completely fantasy-based. Even more striking it contains a gay romance, my first stab for that genre, but it went so well that I doubt it will be my last. Even one of my vampires in my Immortal series was shaping up to have homosexual tendencies before I shelved that project to work on some shorter books.

Fans of vamps will be happy to know I plan on going back to work on Immortal just as soon as Personal Protection is finished. I just can't stay away from them for much longer, especially since I've decided Book 1: Blood Rage needs a complete rewrite. I originally wrote it in 1st-person viewpoint, but after thinking about it from just about every angle, I've decided to change it to 3rd-person. Personally, I am sick to death of books written in 1st-person. Generally, they annoy the heck out of me these days. And after rewriting the first chapter of Blood Rage, I think 3rd-person will serve the books so much better. I had planned on two trilogies, with the first told from Elliot's point-of-view, while the second would focus on his brother, Carter, but be told in 3rd-person anyway. It doesn't make any sense to have one trilogy written one way and the other to be completely different. So I've made my decision and I have a lot of work ahead of me as far as that goes. I'm looking forward to diving right in, though. In fact, I can hardly wait.