Books Written in Symphony

Today's the day! The sneak preview of book 3 of the Cathell series is out to my mailing list subscribers.

This weekend, I hit a new milestone. I finished books 3 and 4 of my dark fantasy series. If you're wondering how I managed to finish two books in one weekend, it's because I was writing them in symphony with each other. A lot of authors like to have two projects or more going at once, in case they get stuck on one. But, I work on them at the same time.

What does that mean?

I've said before that I don't usually get writer's block. My problem is usually an overabundance of things to write versus not knowing what to write next. And, in the case of The Joy Thief and Shadowboxer, the books are semi-interconnected, so writing them at the same time was helpful to keep the overlapping stories straight.

This is a divergence from books 1 and 2, which are not direct sequels of one another. (Think the Dragonlance and Forgotten Realms series, which were related but not all interconnected.) This means that, yes, you can read book 1 and then the sneak preview to book 3, and not spoil anything from book 2.

So, how did I balance the writing of these books?

For some reason, The Joy Thief quickly established itself as a daytime book, so I would write about 1500 words of Aeryn and Theo's book in the morning. Then, I would shift over to writing Thystle and Shadowboxer in the wee hours of the night. There was enough gap between the two writing sessions that I didn't get burned out. It was actually kind of fun.

If you want to know what each book is about, check out the series page. I'll be discussing more about them in the next few posts.

If you're not on my mailing list yet, there's not time like now to get on there. It's really a win-win for you. You get a 10-chapter sample of Into the Darkness, if you haven't read it already, coupons, and the sneak preview. Plus, regular updates on my work not available to the public.

If you subscribe after the sneak preview launches, I'll make sure you're sent the link you need.


Incidentally, these books were actually my 4th and 5th books written, not my 3rd and 4th. I finished an unreleased book last year. More on that soon.