Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Saying Goodbye to Shalia

Pretty soon, we’ll be wrapping up Book 11 of Shalia’s Diary on the blog. I have recently finished writing the first draft of the final chapter of her story, Book 12. Right now, that book is slated to be released sometime in January, and the blog will begin its final run a couple weeks afterward.

It feels like the end of an era. As it should, I suppose. I’ve spent nearly six years with Shalia Monroe, now Matara Shalia of Clan Seot, sharing her story with all of you. I’ve been writing her tale almost every single day since 2012. And now I’m saying goodbye, leaving her to her life after all those adventures.

Yes, I’ll miss the woman. After all, she’s been a constant for quite some time now. When I set out to write a Kalquor universe story from the point of view of one Armageddon survivor, I didn’t know everything she would face. I had a faint idea of how her story might eventually wrap up, but that early notion bears little resemblance to the end of the diary. She ended up surprising me, possibly as much as those of you who checked in twice a week to cheer her on. Or to groan at her latest boneheaded move. It’s been quite an adventure, a fun one, to share her journey. I’ll share some thoughts in future posts about different parts of that trip and what it meant to me.

At the same time, it’s a relief to step away from the diary. I won’t lie; Shalia’s Diary has worn me out at times. Shalia is tired too. I can see her in my head, giving me a look that says, enough already. If there’s anything I’ve learned, it’s to listen to my characters. Shalia has handed in her resignation. I have to let her go, and I think we’re both more than ready to wave goodbye.

After all, we’ve seen a lot. Some of my most emotional moments have come with Shalia. The horror of the Little Creep and the It are high on my list of ‘let’s not do that again’. Those were some truly gut-wrenching storylines that freaked me out. Then the sadness of saying goodbye to Clan Dusa, Nayun, Betra and Oses…though some of them were on the level of ‘until we meet again’, they were still difficult to get through. So yeah, Shalia and I are exhausted.

We’re down to one more adventure for Shalia to face…and I think you know what’s coming. Then we can at last walk away from each other, knowing it’s been done to the best of our abilities. Will Shalia and I meet again? Or will someone else from her diary step forward and ask for their story to be told? At this point, I have no idea. I just know it’s time to let that group head into the sunset, having earned a respite after the long journey.

Happy trails, Shalia. Thanks for the ride.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Question of the Week

Q: Will there be any shorts about the clans that took Earth males into there clans? Like the captain of the ship Clan Zemos was captured on?

A:  I plan to write a story about Captain Joseph Walker and Nobek Almon later this year. I hope it will be a full-length book rather than a short story, but it remains to be seen when I sit down and write it.

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Question of the Week

Q: Why do you have different cover art for the international versions of your books?

A: I self-publish the U.S. versions of Clans of Kalquor. Books 1-10, in the international and print versions of that series, are published by Totally Bound, which opted to use their own covers rather than mine.  

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Question of the Week

Q: Would you be willing to make more of the YouTube videos explaining how to pronounce character names?

 A: Willing? Absolutely. However, I have not had the time to resume those. Maybe I can get back to the pronunciation guides in a few months, but it's hard to say for sure. Just when I think I'm going to catch a break, the bottom falls out on me and I'm playing 'Beat the Clock' again.

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