You may have noticed I haven’t posted in a long time. I’ve been locked in a fierce—perhaps mortal—battle for my sanity, wrestling the first draft of Brimstone Angels into submission. Now, I return victorious!
Now, when I say I was in a fierce battle for my sanity, understand, I don’t mean the book is bad, or that the draft is bad. I don’t want to jinx things, but I think this book might have it in it to make The God Catcher look like a lightweight. The story is more complex, the stakes are higher, the characters are interesting in ways I could talk about for hours—though I’ll try not to bore anyone.
But all those improvements? Mean it’s harder to write. The God Catcher, if it did anything right, had an almost laser-like focus. What came next was obvious, because characters went from point A to point Z in (hopefully) interesting and nuanced ways, guided by pretty strong theme and plot, and moving through a city for which I had a very nice, thorough story bible and approximately eighty kerjillion hours’ worth of information in the form of Ed Greenwood. And much as I’ve been prodded about sequels, I didn’t have them in mind: the story ended where the character’s arcs ended. They might have new arcs in them, but that wasn’t my goal.
There are two awesome things about Brimstone Angels which make it very, very different.
- 1. Brimstone Angels is set in Neverwinter. Yes, that Neverwinter. It follows after R.A. Salvatore’s books Gauntlgrym and Neverwinter as the first of a subseries set in the same city as Cryptic Studios’ upcoming MMO and WotC’s 2011 Campaign Setting. In fact, one of the major characters in Brimstone Angels was picked up as a major character in the campaign Guide and the MMO. She also, I hear, appears in Neverwinter briefly. Can I tell you how giddy I am over this? This in and of itself is exciting. But there’s a lot going on behind the scenes as essentially three separate groups (Cryptic, RPGs, and Novels) try to keep things smooth and coordinated. Every time I make someone turn a corner, I have to mentally mark it as possibly needing revision once the final maps make their way to me…
- 2. Brimstone Angels is book ONE of a series. About a month ago, I signed a contract for two more books with these characters. So Brimstone Angels needed to be seeded with the potential for more stories. I’ll wait for my editor’s take, but I think I have a solid crop to harvest in 2012 and 2013.
So I hope you’ll forgive me for dropping off the internet for a bit. My goal now is to recommit to this website (maybe spruce it up a bit) while I work on other projects and wait for notes on my future.