As part of class requirement as I pursue my MFA in creative writing, I am supposed to keep a writing notebook journal. This nifty idea is something I used to do. It's really a great idea. There are many times when an idea hits and you don't have anything to write it down on. The old mentality is that "I'll remember it." But, sadly, this doesn't seem to happen.
I would have never written Predators of Darkness: Aftermath had I not immediately put down words to paper the night the opening line came to me. This gift from the Netherworld was a mere piece I could have easily lost if I had not realized its true importance. However, I never imagined the series would be up to four books, either. That is something the characters decided, and I've listened. I've not been disappointed with the outcome, and honestly, I cannot wait to get back to working on the fourth book. But, Devils' Den has to be finished. Just has to be.
The current struggle within my mind is when I keep hearing my characters in Death's Valley wanting their due attention. And I tell them, "I'm coming. You'll be heard."
Devils' Den set in a musty box for nearly eleven years. The book needs its chance to be read. To find readers. I have to admit though, due to so many years unread, and how I've matured both as a writer and a person, this book will be a LOT different than what it initially was. The characters have had time to grow, new outlooks, and new decisions. These unique characters have already promised to play out their own series as well. This is great and refreshing but demands a lot of time, too. Time that I love to give to these works, characters, and of course, to you, my reading audience.