What is the title of your work in progress?
The Invisible Entente series
Book 1 – The Invisible Entente, a prequel novella
Where did the idea come from for the book?
I wanted to come up with some new content for my newsletter subscribers. I enjoy sending free short stories for my loyal readers. So I tried to come up with a new, exciting idea.
Recently I’ve been reading a lot of Agatha Christie novels and over the winter, BBC’s Poirot mysteries were my go-to to pass the cold, dark evenings. The more I watched and read and studied Christie’s style, the more I realized I wanted to stake a stab at writing a cozy mystery. Who doesn’t love the round-up at the end where the spunky detective accuses everyone in turn, building up the suspense until she denounces the real murderer?
But I’m a fantasy author, and I didn’t want to step too far outside my genre, so I brainstormed ways to merge the two – and the IE prequel was born.
Currently, this novella is available for free for my newsletter subscribers, but in another month, it will be removed from the subscription bundle and will be available to purchase via my usual ebook/paperback distributors.
From there, as it seems to happen, an entire series revealed itself. Each of the characters introduced in this round-table mystery is getting his or her own fantasy/mystery novel.
What genre does your book fall under?
Urban fantasy with a cozy mystery twist
What is a one sentence synopsis for your book?
Prequel: Following the death of a mad scientist warlock, seven murder suspects are transported into a magically sealed room and only six can leave.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Self-published – and I couldn’t be more excited about it. My team behind this series is strong, and the results will show it.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
The prequel took me a couple of weeks, but each novel takes me about a month. The rest of the work comes during edits and early outlining.
What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
One of the elements I’m most excited to play with in this series is taking familiar creatures/characters from mythology and twisting them into new forms. Among others are a descendant of Vidar, the Norse god of vengeance and silence; a Gorgon-fae, the descendant of Medusa; and a sorceress from the line of Morgan le Fay.
Each character has a unique voice, and a unique perspective on the humanity they both live in and apart from. Each story touches on a different aspect of “otherness” and what it means to stand on the outside looking in.
I’ve got some really fun ideas for promo and can’t wait to get started.
Expected kick-off date: August 2016