Let’s face it . . . it’s been a year, almost exactly, since True North came out and you’re getting anxious. “Where’s Last Light?” you demand. “What has Conway been doing for a WHOLE year if she’s not strapped to her desk, inhaling caffeine?”
Well, truth be told, 2016 was a bit of a writing bust for me.
I did get about half of the book written (70,000 words), but between two surgeries (mine and my daughter’s), selling a home, buying another house, moving 20 years worth of stuff (my husband had FIVE broken leaf blowers and seven cords of wood . . . um, WHAT THE HECK?), a jam-packed list of author events, PLUS driving a school bus full time and working on the book projects of other people, I fell behind.
Turns out you cannot squeeze more than 24 hours in a day, no matter how much you want to. Who knew?
As it stands, right now, my goal is to have Last Light come out in August (hopefully) and yes, it is the FINAL book in the series (in fact, the epilogue is already written). It is proving to be, hands down, the toughest novel I have ever written thanks to the THREE points of view, a ton of twists and new creatures, plus tying in all the breadcrumbs that I’ve sprinkled along the way (someone needs to take away my breadcrumb privileges next time, PLEASE).
My guess is that Last Light will push the 130 – 140k mark easily in terms of word count (that’s basically Tolkien territory, because I’m a maniac). The book will also, FINALLY, contain a glossary of creatures, characters, terminology, and geography, which will eventually be loaded here, on my website. In total, I have close to 30 characters and they all have intersecting plot lines and backstories that go back generations. Yes, I’m an idiot. No, I don’t regret it.
I’ll be honest: this book wants to kill me. Thankfully, whenever I call one of my pals, bawling because a character isn’t doing what I need him / her/ IT to do and I’ve backed myself into a corner, I’m reminded of why friends are so important: they beat the snot outta ya when you lose focus, and get you back on track.
Madly thankful for them all.
And MASSIVELY thankful for all my fans and their patience.
#IGAuthorLifeJan Day 27
The new Beauty & the Beast series from Sarah Maas . . . OMG. It’s the size of a Nynex, but I read it cover to cover in a DAY. Stayed up to 3am. SOOOOOO good. The second book (A Court of Mist and Fury) was even better than the first.
#IGAuthorLifeJan – Day 25
Who picks these topics?? Dude, I have no desire to clean my office for an Instagram pic! Heck with it – here is my office, disaster style with a side of teenager bedroom in the background.
#IGAuthorLifeJan – Day 24 Todays Today List
I write a series of Urban Fantasy books that have been compared to City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (and I admit, I haven’t read them). The final book, Last Light, is due out this year and quite honestly, the series is loaded with new supernatural characters, a million twists and reveals, and a TON of pages.
I’ve been writing this series since 2012, and this final book, Last Light, will be a doozy, pulling together every small breadcrumb I’ve scattered along the way. Because of this, I had to print part of the manuscript (the first 60k) and read through it from page 1 to page 300. So that was my To Do List for today: read my own craziness.
And now my brain hurts . . . how do my fans DO this???
#IGAuthorLifeJan – Day 21 Author Crush
THIS IS IMPOSSIBLE. I have a crush on so many, MANY authors, so I call today’s challenge “BS!” but, whatever. These are some of my all-time favorite authors thanks to the brilliant books they write. Eva Darrow’s for The Awesome, Sarah Maas for Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses series, AC Gaughen for Scarlet series, Jennifer Armentrout for the Lux series, Renee Ahdieh for The Wrath and the Dawn, Leigh Bardugo for the Shadow and Bone series, and Veronica Rossi for the Never Sky series
#IGAuthorLifeJan – Day 20 Currently Reading
I always have books piled on my nightstand and I’m usually in the processing of reading at least one all the time. I just finished Marissa Meyer’s Cinder, which I did enjoy, and I ordered the next book, Scarlet (I’m waiting for it to arrive at Titcombs Bookshop). I also got the complete End of Days series from the dog for Christmas. Yes – from the dog. Anyway, I’ve heard great things about the series, so I’m starting the first book, Angelfall, tonight. What are YOU reading?
#IGAuthorLifeJan – Day 19 Favorite Review
This was tough for me to choose, but I always loved the review I got from Jackie at She Reads She Blogs. While we authors can get our butts kicked from time to time with reviews, the really great ones make up for the bad ones ten times over :)