Brimstone Angels: FINISH IT!

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. 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. 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.

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4 Responses to Brimstone Angels: FINISH IT!

  1. Ben Chiesa says:

    Um, I don’t know if this is the kind of blog where strangers come and randomly comment, and I’m sure you’ve heard this a million times but: I just finished The God Catcher and really, really enjoyed it. It certainly did a LOT right.

    I read a lot of Forgotten Realms books back in high school but was pretentious enough in university to pretend I wasn’t that into fantasy any more (besides Neil Gaiman – even narrow-minded grad students tend not to judge you for Gaiman). This was the first Forgotten Realms novel I’ve allowed myself to read in 4 years and was worried it would be a real lightweight that it would reinforce my decision to stop reading them, but it was exactly the opposite – thanks for stoking the fire again! I’d forgotten how much fun these books are. I hope you finish Brimstone Angels soon – can’t wait to read it.

  2. Miguel says:

    I have a least 200 Forgotten Realms novels. The God Catcher was the most recent addition to my collection and of of myall time favorites. The newer FR novels seem so dark and Zombie oriented. Your latest novel was so fresh and interesting….it brought back memories of the early novels. I hope that you bring the characters back for a series…!!!!..(tell WOTC)…. Thank you for a GREAT job. I don’t have any Neverwinter books since I only collect FR. I will likely read your new book but wish you would stay with FR. Thanks for a great read….keep p the good work…..Miguel

  3. erin says:

    Thank you for the kind words, Ben! Having been in the same place(w-a-a-y too many writing classes where anything remotely fantastic gets “I don’t usually read this sort of thing…This isn’t enough like Lord of the Rings.”), I’m glad it reminded you of what you liked, instead of just what you’re supposed to like. 🙂

  4. erin says:

    Thank you very much, Miguel. Just so you know, the Neverwinter series is actually a subset of FR. They’re still set in Faerun, but focus on the city of Neverwinter and also tie into the MMO that will be set there. R.A. Salvatore’s current trilogy is the first set of books considered to be in the Neverwinter series, and BRIMSTONE ANGELS will be next. 🙂