I’ve spent this year dealing with an angst-ridden former crown princess. No surprise guessing which one. Along with preparations for Salvation (which comes out in stores January 10th!) my current major writing project is Redemption, AKA Aurelia and Robert’s third and final novel.
Aurelia, of course, is in a hurry.
-To get home.
-To share her story with all of you.
-To engage in . . . certain activities a crown princess is generally not permitted to engage in.
I’ve told her there’s no problem with her wanting things. The reality, though, is that we crash up against obstacles. In Aurelia’s life, this means betrayal, the limitations of society, and emotional trauma. In writing, it means rejection, lack of control, and characters that yell at you that their lives cannot be held hostage to practicalities.
I don’t have a contract for Redemption. However, Aurelia and Robert’s story, in my head, has always been a trilogy. It is a trilogy. And it will be a trilogy.
I’ve promised her. And Robert, of course (though he doesn’t yell).
Redemption is currently two chapters away from a polished second draft, and I will finish it.
Once the manuscript is finished, I will tackle the challenge of finding a way to publish it. And I’m certain that will require a whole new learning curve—filled with its own obstacles. And miracles. Because that is what makes a story. I hope Robert’s and Aurelia’s fans will all be more patient than she is during that process.
Though, of course, if it weren’t for her impatience, neither Aurelia nor Exile nor any of my other novels would have been published. And I would never be able to make you this promise: that I will do everything in my power to share Redemption.
There is definitely an advantage to having a strong-willed, former crown princess in your head.