2016 was a crazy year for me, but looking back on the past twelve months, I feel like I grew a lot as a person and as an author. I mentioned in my 2016 review. I made a lot of ambitious plans for 2016 without any real idea of what the follow through will be. And this may sound crazy, but just because I failed, doesn’t mean I am going to be more conservative with this next year. With that in mind, I plan on being more up front with my goals, to keep me accountable and I have a plan of action in place, to make sure I hit all my goals. Here I’ve outlined some of my goals for the coming year.
I will write 500,000 words.
This may sound like an enormous amount of words, but you’ll see the break down here.
I will publish three books:
The Sea Stone Book Two of the Dragon Saga (May or June)*
The Cursed Staff** Book Three of the Dragon Saga (Sept)*
The Immortal Vow** Book Four of the Dragon Saga (December)
* All dates are tentative
** Title probably will change
If you’ve read any of my other series and are waiting on a sequel, I apologize in advance. I went back and forth on this for a while when deciding on 2017 schedule, but these books listed above are the ones I am most excited to write and I decided to put passion first. I will be continuing them eventually.
In addition to these novels, which their estimated word counts total 375k words (125k each dragon book)
I am working on a series of short stories set in the World of Akatsuki. Most of them are still in the planning stages, but you’ll see familiar characters and some new ones. These will be entirely free: but only to my newsletter subscribers. If you’re not on the list I suggest signing up now. I have 6 total stories the first to be released in March or April (Official launch to be announced)
In addition to that, I am also planning on having blog posts, at least twice a month, more if I am able. The topics will vary, but mostly it will be about what is interesting me at the moment, TV Shows, Books I’ve read, and the occasional information about research or more tidbits from the world of Akatsuki. I look forward to the year ahead, and I hope you do too!
What book on the list are you most looking forward to? Let me know in the comments.
As I write this, I have just finished the final draft of the Priestess and the Dragon, the first book in the Dragon Saga. When I started out writing this on Wattpad, I never thought it would take on a life of its own. It’s hard to say one book is a favorite over others but I must admit, this is one of my favorites. The story melds so much of what I love, Japanese mythology, action, drama and a dash of humor. I love this book and realizing that very soon I’ll be holding a paperback copy in my hand, I get a little teary eyed. Last Friday Kitsune launched, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg for the world of Akatsuki. So today I am making a formal declaration about the future of this series, and it’s spin off series Tales of Akatsuki (Japanese inspired retelling of Western Fairy Tales).
The Priestess and the Dragon (Dragon Saga Book 1)
- Cover reveal: September 4th 2015
- Official Release: October 17th 2015
- GoodReads Giveaway October 10th – October 16th 2015
The Sea Stone (Dragon Saga Book 2)
- Tentative Release*: January 2016
Okami: A Little Red Riding Hood Retelling (Book 2 Tales of Akatsuki)
- Tentative Release*: December 2015
*As always dates are subject to change. I will make official announcements as dates solidify.
Ever since I finished The Diviner’s Trilogy I have been feeling a little lost. That story was what got me started to really seriously writing. It was the reason I became a published author and has really been the catalyst for everything I am doing now. If it had not been for Diviner’s Prophecy, my sister and friends spurring me on to write it I do not know where I would be today. I started a new series the Thornwood series. I actually wrote a version of that story almost two years ago, had it edited and published it. But it was not as polished as it should be so I took it down and let it haunt me for a year or more. I finally revised it was really happy with it and then The Priestess and the Dragon took off. It was never my intention for that story to be popular, honestly it was just a way for me write about Japan and Japanese mythology because it’s something I enjoy. But it seems the story resonated with people and now Wattpad, the website where it all started, is going to feature it for six months. This is a huge honor and something that has been on my writer’s bucket list since I found Wattpad almost 3 years ago. So I am at crossroads.
I plan on writing more in the Diviner’s World because I cannot let it go. I have five more books planned in the Thornwood series. I have ideas for fairy tale retelling in a Japanese setting interwoven with Japanese mythology. And then there’s The Priestess and the Dragon, the elephant in the room, so to speak. This story has been consuming me and my thoughts and as much as I think these other stories need your attention, I know I need to work on P&D first. So this is my official declaration, I am focusing on writing P&D before all other stories. That is not to say I am going to abandon my other works, the next generation diviner’s story is coming, as if more in the Thornwood series and the fairy tale retellings but for now, I am going to write P&D until I lose my muse or until its done. The plan, and just so everyone knows I change these things all the time, is to write all six books in P&D and release a new one every 8 weeks. It seems like a monumental task but I am up to it.
I’ll be posting some teasers and tidbits on the blog in the coming weeks as I progress so stayed tuned for that.