I hate when you’re between projects, and you know what you’re supposed to be doing next, but there’s another idea that just seems so much better and more fun.
The Wailing will be coming out Halloween. It’s the first of my Books of Lost Knowledge series. That is to say, it’s the first one out; they’re not in chronological order, and it’s not necessary to read them in any particular order. My plan is to release In the Shadow of the Mountains around Christmas or early next year, which will make it the second Book of Lost Knowledge. It’s already complete and just needs to be tweaked in terms of formatting.
Now, as I’m formatting Shadow, I was supposed to be finishing up The Lions’ Den, which features one of the same characters from both Wailing and Shadow. I wanted people to really get to know Daniel (the character) before I started building up characters who are only tangentially related to him. The thing about Lost Knowledge is that the stories are a series pretty much only by virtue of taking place in the same ‘verse. As I said, they’re not chronological. Some of the main characters have met each other briefly – the main protagonists from Lions’ Den, The Sparrow’s Fall, and The Third Day all come together in Shadow, though two of them are presented only superficially, and one is thoroughly misrepresented. (Lol, spoilers.)
The problem is Kim.
Kim shows up in The Sparrow’s Fall, but like all of my secondary characters, she is starting to take on quite a life of her own. She’s also starting to haunt my dreams and demand that I give her at least one book of her own. I don’t really mind that, since there is a stark dearth in my writing of strong female protagonists, not so much as a result of sexism as, well… I’ve never found it easy to relate to my fellow females.
I can relate to Kim. She’s a Texan, a native San Antonian (as seems to be increasingly more common with my characters as I really get involved in Texan culture and the fantastic Hispanic strains that can be incorporated into urban fantasy. I mean, curanderismo is pretty awesome, and it’s got amazing visual aspects that can be brought into a system of fictional magic.) and a wizardlet. She’s also got her own badass posse of an immortal gunslinger and a fake Apache shaman. She keeps reminding me that she had a buttload of adventures and fun and angst before she ever passed through Austin, which is where Sparrow’s Fall finds her.
And now poor Daniel has been shoved aside, and I’m doodling Kim in the margins of notebooks, in all her punky ’90s glory.
Guess I’ll have to add another subcategory for wizards in my Lost Knowledge series.
How do professionals stay on track? This is really annoying.