I hope the holidays are treating you well. Here at my house, we’re going into the last week of school, getting ready for family and friends to come into town, and finishing up Christmas shopping. I imagine my house looks a lot like yours with general Christmas mayhem. But this particular mom has also been writing here and there. For those of you with an interest, I’ve published my annual list of things I learned about writing and publishing in the past year, I’ve also started drafting a new contemporary romance (you can see the Pinterest board here) and been editing away on the first Cambio Springs novel (you can read the first chapter here if you like).
And I’m getting such wonderful letters and comments from you! I get letters every day communicating how my books have touched your life in some way. I’m so incredibly thankful for that. I also get lots of letters wanting to know about the future of the series, and that’s also very flattering. And while most all of them are encouraging and wonderful, some are… well, a bit overwhelming.
For those of you who haven’t been following me long, let me give you a run-down of what the last fifteen months have brought to the Elemental Mysteries/Elemental World series. I published four Elemental Mysteries books, two of which were well over 100,000 words. I published a contemporary romance (The Genius and the Muse) and a short story (Long Ride Home). I also published the first book in the Elemental World series (Building From Ashes) and am over halfway finished writing and posting a novella in the same universe (Waterlocked). I wrote the first Cambio Springs novel, which will be published in the new year, and have sketched out four unwritten manuscripts for the series going forward. In 2012 alone, I wrote nearly 500,000 words.
This is not me bragging. This is me trying to tell you just how busy the past year has been. I love my job, but I’ll be honest, when I receive letters demanding I write faster—however well-intentioned they might be—it can be very, very overwhelming. Please understand that I’m also a mother and head of household; and while lots of people can write books, those are jobs that only I can do. They will always be my priority.
I love my readers. I love your enthusiasm. I love hearing from you. But I kind of love to sleep sometimes, too! 😉
And please don’t worry about the future of the series. There will be lots of stories to tell. Some of them, I’m absolutely itching to write. But everything has to happen in its time. The next book in the Elemental World series will be about Baojia, a character who was introduced in the second EM book, This Same Earth, and featured more prominently in The Force of Wind. After that? Who knows? I don’t have a set order. Will there be a book with Ben and/or Tenzin? (And if you haven’t read the Christmas short I did with them, it is here.) I can tell you that yes, there will absolutely be. In fact, I’m planning another series with those two characters as the main protagonists. But it’s not going to happen right away. I hope you’ll stick with me anyway.
Thanks for giving me such an incredible year, readers. Here’s a short excerpt from my lessons of 2012 post:
…I would be typing into the airwaves if it weren’t for my readers. I write stories because I love it. It feeds me creatively. In a very real way, it has been my lifesaver in an extremely tough year. But without readers offering me their imaginations, my stories only live in my own mind. Never forget this. We are only who we are because others listen or read or observe what we create. Do not forget your audience.
Thank you for reading. Thank you for being SUCH an incredible audience. Your new chapter of Waterlocked is HERE. I hope you enjoy! Next Monday will be Christmas Eve, but I will have a new chapter up for you.
Have a wonderful week,