Last week I finished writing Fresh Blood, the sixth and final book in the VitC series. The next day, I left for a vacation to Cape Cod. We were with family, including our two children, who are almost five and just turned one. We stayed at a house on the beach, and spent most of our time outdoors doing stuff with the kids.
My older son, buried in sand and screaming!
Me with my younger son, not buried in sand but screaming nevertheless!
At nights, after the kids were asleep, I busied myself with re-reading the entire Vampire in the City series. I wanted to take notes on the timeline, figure out what loose ends might need to be tied up, and just have it really fresh in my head for the edit of Fresh Blood. Somehow, I managed to finish the fifth book the day after we came back, and am now set to start on the second draft. While I don’t have an official release date yet, I’m thinking sometime around October 1st.
While I was re-reading my writing, some of it from about ten years ago, I was mostly struck with how much my protagonist has changed over the course of the series. In the first book she was sometimes awkward to the point of embarrassing me as I was reading it. By the last book she is much more sure of herself and proactive, instead of just reacting to the situations I put her in. Overall, I am pleased with this progression, and I hope my readers will enjoy the culmination of a series that has been very fun to write!
Sorry for the delay in updates, but several exciting things have happened, and only one of them sucks!
That one that sucks is that I have had a migraine for the past 48 hours. The last time I had a migraine was almost seven years ago, but this one has still come about too soon. Urgent care clinic yesterday gave me something via pill form that did nothing and sent me home. Different guy today gave me an IV and codeine to take home. Only now (four hours after codeine and six hours after IV) do I feel better.
Anyway, here are some things that do not suck! Wild Blood, book two in the Vampire in the City series, was released last week in all formats except print (to come shortly). Links here:
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wild-blood-donna-ansari/1108615294
I don’t know if I can handle anymore excitement, but on Monday I was interviewed at Alchemy of Scrawl!
What I’m working on now that my brain is no longer leaking through my ears? Formatting Wild Blood for print, and writing the first draft of book three, Witch Blood.
With the exception of cake, I have an extremely hard time finishing anything that I’ve started. I actually stopped and restarted college twice before finally getting my degree. And that was just the undergraduate degree! And let’s not forget about how I went to massage therapy school for two years, only to not take the licensing test. So when I completed the first draft of my book, New Blood, I understandably felt both a sense of accomplishment and relief. It was over!
Sadly, that feeling was short-lived, as the horror of the revision process set in. When the second draft was finished I only allowed myself a momentary respite while I sent it out to test readers. Then came the revision process, followed closely by sending it to my editor. After that was final rewrites and a painstaking read for what felt like the 37th time. And then, it was over! I handed it off to my husband, who is more wise in the ways of computers than I am, and he formatted and uploaded it to Kindle. Awesome! Done! Right?
No, wait…what about Nook? I should make a Nook version, right? And Smashwords, for people who want all sorts of crazy formats? And CreateSpace, for those who must have a paper version. Okay, all done! Finally! But wait! What’s that? I have to somehow self-market this book?
I feel like:
a) Crying and bashing my head into the wall
b) Moving on to Book Two of the series and letting this one fend for itself in the cruel, harsh world
c) Telling myself to buck up and just market the heck out of the damn book
I know you are all dying to find out which I’ve choosen. The answer is: d) all of the above.
While I iced my forehead after doing a), I managed to research marketing and write for a bit each day. Mind you, I would rather not have to do the marketing bit at all and just emmerce myself in Wild Blood (the second book), but I realize this writing business is very much an ongoing process and you are never truely at The End.