Sunday, 31 July 2011

This week's word is: THREE

Hello dragon fans. Any day now we expect to have the cover of THE FIRE ASCENDING ready to view. All the tweaks have been done and the blurb has been written. Alexa is in the eye! As for the book itself, progress has been slow over the past few weeks, largely because of moving house. So rather than hammer down lots of new text, the author has been going over the first half of the book, trying to get it spot on. The theory is that if you have a strong start (which he does, part one of TFA is GREAT) the rest will naturally follow. This is probably the hardest book he's had to write because he wants people new to the series to be able to read it as a standalone title, but he also needs to tie up all the loose ends. Tricky! He now has only THREE MONTHS to achieve that. We have 65,000 words written and will hope to reach 90-100,000 as before. But a story should only be as long as it needs to be. If it finishes at 75,000 so be it. (It won't.)

Someone else who'd like him to hurry up and finish is Mrs Author. She has been tweaking the RAIN AND FIRE companion book for the USA, but can't finish it until the author gives her a decent amount of TFA so that she can choose some passages to use. The pressure is definitely on. It's hard to believe that after ten years of scribbling inspirational notes on my pad, this will be my last few months working on the Chronicles. But all good things must come to an end eventually. Our minds are slowly beginning to turn to what comes next, but the most important thing right now is to get TFA wrapped up nicely. We know exactly how it's going to end. How to get there is the difficult bit. But we will - for our loyal fans. Until next time. Happy reading. Hrrr!

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