Looking Back/Looking Ahead

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Can’t believe it’s already 2015! Where did 2014 go? Anyone else feel like last year just flew by? So many exciting things took place last year and 2015 is shaping up to be equally as eventful. With the turn of the calendar I thought I’d take a moment to reflect on last year and give you an update on what next year and beyond holds for me and my writing.

 

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Looking Back

With just a few weeks to spare I managed to get Earthly Trinity released in 2014 as hoped. I’ve already heard some positive feedback from the crazies who’ve finished the book! You guys rock! I appreciate all the awesome support and hope you were satisfied with the ending. It’s hard to express my feelings at completing a journey I started 5 years ago as a snot-nosed 22-year old. When I started writing The Lost City Chronicles I envisioned the day I would see the finished trilogy sitting on my bookshelf, but the thought seemed surreal and impossible. I’m so grateful for all the amazing people who have supported me and allowed that crazy dream to come true. Maybe one day I’ll write some short stories about the Lost City Chronicles characters and the events post-Earthly Trinity, but for now that wonderful chapter is closed and I’m excited for what’s ahead. And on that note…

 

Looking Ahead

The main adventure on the horizon for me is fatherhood! My wife and I are expecting twin boys (Logan and Emerson) by the end of this month. Not sure if you can ever be ready for such a life-altering event, but I’m excited to finally meet the two little warriors. On the writing front, several have asked me if the completion of Lost City Chronicles marks the end of my writing career. Not at all! In some ways, 2015 is a new beginning. The last 5 years I’ve devoted all my creative juice and energy toward finishing the Lost City trilogy. Along the way I’ve been visited by many intriguing story ideas, which I stored away for later. With the completion of Earthly Trinity I’ve been able to mine the archives and explore the stockpile of new ideas. So, will I write another book? Yes. In fact – I already have!

 

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As I teased on my Facebook page last week, I recently completed the first draft of a new story. The idea was one I had all the way back when I was working on the early chapters of Book Keeper (in fact, I recall being on a train from Barcelona to Paris during my honeymoon when I thought the story up! My poor, long-suffering wife). I don’t want to give too much away just yet, but the story is called The Painter’s Portal and will be part of a new series called The Gallowood Files. It will also be my first book to include illustrations! Stay tuned for more info in the near future.

Well, because I’m slightly crazy, I’m also 40,000 words into a new fantasy book. The book’s working title is Heroes Reborn, and it will be the first in a new series tentatively titled The Elemental Champions. The book is by far my most ambitious undertaking and my first venture into full-blown epic fantasy. Due to the greater complexity and scope, the book has been on the backburner for a while. I’d love to have the first draft done by the end of the year but life might have a thing or two to say about that! But if you’re into Tolkien, Robert Jordan, G.R.R. Martin etc., then I think you’ll like it when it does come.

Lastly, because I’m REALLY crazy, I’ve also broken the dirt on another story. The story is another idea that’s been simmering for several years (during the City of Gold timeframe). I actually didn’t plan on starting work on it yet but the story excites me and I keep finding myself coming back to it. Almost all the pre-writing stage is complete (plot, characters, world-building etc.) and I hope to start the actual writing by Feb. 1st. The working title is The Honor Code of the Assassins (which gives you some hint to what the story is about). I originally envisioned the book as a stand-alone, but during the planning I see potential for a sequel and maybe a trilogy. But first things first!

For the sake of sanity, my wife has forced me to agree to “The-Rule-of-Two,” meaning I am only allowed to have two working manuscripts going at a time. So despite another dozen story ideas waiting in my files, the above books will lay claim to 2015 and beyond. I hope to have at least one of these books released this year. I also hope to have a new, more functional and interactive website at some point in the near future as well. Again, I thank all of you who have been so supportive with The Lost City Chronicles and I hope you’ll join me on these new adventures as well. Let’s make 2015 a year to remember.

Dan

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