Happy New Year to you all!
This year I have big plans. I'm not only aiming to write 12 full novels in the course of the year, but I'm starting three new sci-fi series wherein each one is set in the same comprehensive universe. I've already plotted out the first story are for the first three books of each series and am currently working toward getting them made.
At the same time, I'm going to write Valandra books 5, 6, and 7. That totals 4 trilogies, ergo 12 books in all! And if that wasn't enough, I'm going to publish original short stories as FREE reader magnets for all of these series. It's going to be a productive year.
On December 31st I began writing my next book in the start of my The Chronicles of Jegra: Gladiatrix of the Galaxy science fiction series.
It's now five days later, January 4th (as I type this), and I just pasted the 50K mark at the halfway point. It's looking as though this book will be a solid 100K novel. BIG AND JUICY!
I plan to write the first three books in this series before publishing. I'll do the same for all the Cosmic Alliance novels. The next series will be The Knights of Caelum, which will be a three part arc in a larger overall story that ties into The Chronicles of Jegra.
This, in turn, will be followed by a third series, The Skywend, which follows a group of mercenaries bounty-hunters and ties into The Chronicles of Jegra.
All the books will be interwoven together yet remain their own separate stories focusing on different characters.
Each series will also feature a different flavor and style.
Jegra is, of course, going to be a fun, pulp-fiction / space adventure with romping good action and tons of erotic moments strewn throughout. It's going to be John Carter of Mars starring Red Sonja set in a vast Star Wars esque universe where people actually have sex and will be aimed for adults. We're talking hard R rating here.
The Knights of Caelum actually focuses on the enemy characters, developing them in detail, and going in depth into their holy crusade and why they want dominion over the galaxy. It's going to be clean sci-fi, meaning no sex, but lots of futuristic space battles with Knights, elite soldiers in powersuits of armor resembling medieval knights. This series is like Arthurian legend meets the Chronicles of Riddick and could be classified as grim-dark melded with techno-gothic. This series will be aimed at a broader readership, so PG-13 basically.
The Skywend will focus on the elite soldier turned mercenary Raven Nightguard and her eccentric and fully capable crew aboard their sleek frigate the Skywend. This series is Firefly meets Killjoys meets Cowboy Bebop. It will also be aimed at the PG-13 demographic.
The wonderful thing about the way I plotted these interconnecting series is that you don't need to read any of the other series to understand the one you're in. If a character appears in one series from another, it will be written into the story organically, so that they are introduced as they would be any novel. That way readers don't have to follow all three series to understand what's going on. But if you do choose to follow all three series, the universe will open wide up and give you a much grander sense of things.
Well, I'd better stop dinking around online and get back to the writing. So, I'll leave you all with a sneak peek at an interior page I designed for The Chronicles of Jegra and a cover reveal for The Knights of Caelum.
By day I am an educator and a cultural ambassador. By night I entertain notions of being a literary master. In reality I am just a family man and ordinary guy who works hard and loves writing just about as much as I love my family. Just about.