As you probably know, I’ve been working on The Regonia Chronicles and releasing A Heart of Salt & Silver.
And out of all my books, these two are the ones I knew the least about when I started writing them.
I certainly had no idea that The Regonia Chronicles would be a series with 5 unique worlds, two alien races in the book (tons more not in the book), and a whole language.
I had no idea the twists and turns (or sheer drops) character arcs would take. I didn’t expect thousands of deaths.
As for A Heart of Salt & Silver, I intended to write a cut and dry romance that just so happened to take place in a fantasy world.
But as the characters developed and the villains revealed themselves, it kinda spiraled and lots of blood spilled.
That was just what the story called for.
And that’s why I love not planning my books.
Just writing means that I get to discover the world and the characters and the story as I go, just like a reader would.
It means that sometimes I get the joys of an epiphany, where a solution or a development just comes to me and everything falls into place (or gets infinitely more complicated).
It means that I get to go back and lace the framework of the revelation into the story in a way that will go unnoticed until the big moment, at which point, the readers can look back and see all the little things that lead to that. Or, I can take something small that’s already in the book and let it snowball out of control.
It means that anything and everything is subject to change, right up until the moment I publish it. So as I’m writing it, I’m just diving into the unknown.
And that unbridled discovery and creation is just so pure, so addictive that I can’t even imagine plotting a book ahead of time.
Especially since if I know exactly how a book is meant to end, I lose interest.
It just doesn’t have that mystery.
So, I’ll keep jumping into each new project with no idea where it’ll go.
You can check out the dark and twisty results of that process in my upcoming paranormal high fantasy romance novel, A Heart of Salt & Silver. These characters make an absolute mess of themselves, even though two of the three main characters are total badasses.
Pre-orders are available in ebook, paperback, and hardback at: mybook.to/AHeartOfSaltAndSilver
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