So, ever since abandoning this blog about a year ago, I’ve remained busy. Still active on Christian Writers forums. Most importantly, I’ve finished two novels. The first is The Autographs, which I’ve submitted to agent Steve Laube for his consideration. The second is the first installment of a political thriller series called Jefferson’s Road. The Spirit of Resistance is the first book. The sequels are entitled Patriots and Tyrants, The Tree of Liberty, God and Country, and We The People. I don’t know for certain that I can pull off so many books on essentially the same subject, but since the good ole USA keeps giving me so much material, I think it worth the attempt.
Of course, I’ve started working on Patriots and Tyrants. It picks up right where The Spirit of Resistance leaves off – though I’m not fully committed to starting it this way. I may decide to go the route Lucas took with the Star Wars series and leave a gap of several weeks, months, or even years between the books. Whichever works out better. Right now, though, I only have what I have.
Also, naturally, I have a sequel to The Autographs called The Seven Sleepers that I’ve been working on. It’s a fun adventure – not at all as serious as the Jefferson’s Road books. I’m a little better than half done at this point.
The problem with it is that I haven’t developed the characters as well, and I think I’m gonna have to go back and put some more of that in there. It just dawned on me the other day, though, so I haven’t really taken a look at how feasible this will be. No doubt, it’ll throw off the chapters and everything, but if the story is solid, it’ll be worth the effort. I have found a novel with a similar premise, which is helpful for the query (because for some reason, no one wants to see a book that’s completely original – even if it is. But then, since I’ve just found something similar, how original can I claim to be? Enough. I came up with my storyline without any awareness of this other book at all – so if I’m not original, at least I’m independent.). I plan to sign it out of the library (if available) and give it a read soon. It might spark some additional ideas, but I’d rather stay with what I have on my own.
Other than that, I am at least back to work, and I’m fortunate in that my schedule allows me time to write even while I’m at work. God is good.