The past eleven days have been really hard. I lost one of my best friends. It was sudden. And it hurts. While I was mourning for her, I had to move forward with the release of my latest book because it was too late for me to do anything else. It didn’t occur to me until earlier today that I’ve seen friends and family promote the new book, but I’d yet to do so. I also hadn’t shared some pretty amazing news about an upcoming books series I was asked to write. So, here’s all the latest and I apologize for my absence.
Rysa Walker, author of The CHRONOS Files books series, asked me to write my own series of books based in that universe for Amazon’s Kindle Worlds.
The first book in the series, Timebound, won the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. I read it before it came out as a Kindle First selection and loved it. When my Goodreads review of the book went out as a tweet, Rysa followed me on Twitter. We chatted a bit over the past year and I was excited to learn that book 2, Time’s Edge, was coming out in October of this year.
At the same time I was trying to work with John (my Content Manager over at Project Fandom) in figuring out how to feature the entire series (2 books, 1 novella) on our book club podcast, Rysa reached out and asked if I would like to write my own CHRONOS series. She started as an indie author and tries to help other indie authors find a larger audience. Writing a CHRONOS series of my own would introduce me to her existing audience and introduce them to my other work, which I will still be writing in 2015 (Lily in the Middle, Sharing Space sequel, etc.).
While I was never actively against fan fiction, it didn’t appeal to me as a writer. Why would I want to write about Harry Potter and other characters someone else created? I’d rather create my own. So, when I was asked, I was a bit concerned about that. Rysa supplied me with an expansive ‘world guide’ and it was made clear that I could not only create my own characters, if I wanted to I could incorporate hers and do whatever I want with them (I won’t!). Because the CHRONOS universe is about time travel (you guys know I love time travel), she explained that I could do whatever I wanted and take my characters wherever and whenever I wanted. That really sealed the deal for me.
I will be spending the next few months reading book 1 again, the novella, and book 2 – not just because they’re our winter book club selection – to immerse myself in the CHRONOS world and with the world guide as my… guide, I’ll be creating my own adventures. I hope you’ll follow along.
And here’s when you can expect my other books:
The Twin Prophecies: Origins (Available Now)
Lily in the Middle (Spring 2015)
Sharing Space sequel (Summer 2015)
Book One: CHRONOS Files series for Kindle Worlds (Fall 2015)