Into the Flames: the aftermath

I’m sure you’ve all heard by now that I have a novel published. It is an interesting feeling, having other people read something I’ve worked so hard on for so long. Fortunately though, everyone seems to like it. If you for some crazy reason haven’t gotten around to reading it yet, you can buy it here for Kindle and here for paperback.

Now I wrote Into the Flames so that it has some resolution. You can read it and hopefully not feel like you want to hurt e because you don’t know what’s going to happen next and you have to wait an indeterminate amount of time to find out (basically how I feel every time I read a Scott Westerfeld or Rick Riordan novel. Great marketing strategy, but dudes, so not cool). However, you may be happy to find to that I am planning on writing a sequel anyway. Multiple sequels, actually.

You see, I’ve know Rahab, Scout, and Hawkins for a long time. They almost feel like real people to me. Like pen pals or internet friends. People I talk to often but have never met irl (in real life). So the cool thing is, I could basically write a novel for any point in their lives. I know everything that happens to them, I just have to decide how and when to write it down.

That’s probably why I already have two more Grover Cleveland novels written and two started. Someday you may get to read them all. For now, you will have to content yourselves with hearing about my journey into writing the direct sequel to Into the Flames. What to know what happens two weeks later? You’ll find out in this novel.

I’m working on the prewriting for it now. I’ve got a whole new villain for Rahab and her friends to face, and I’m hashing out the details of some subplots as well. I’m assuming you’ve all heard of NaNoWriMo, where writers are challenged to crank out 50,000 words in the month of November. Well, I’m also going to be participating in JuNoWriMo this year. It’s the same as NaNoWriMo only it’s in June, and it’s founded in part by my friend Becca Campbell (whose book I just finished editing, but I’ll tell you more about that later). I’m using JuNoWriMo to work on this novel. So if all goes well, but the end of the summer I will have my next novel’s first draft finished.

For now, happy reading everyone! I hope everyone spends more than a little time this summer out by the pool reading a novel or two.

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