I have a confession. I’ve been wanting to do a series. Short novels that are just written for fun—taking all the things I love about writing SF/F and adding a few pinches of romance, a dash of humor, and a smidge or two of mystery. I have no intention of sending them around to publishers. I’m going to produce them myself.
It all started over last summer (2014). I wrote a short story for an anthology and it was in the anthology then it was out of the anthology. Just one little quirk about the business nobody talks about. Three professional NAME writers turned in stories waayyy over the word limit for the anthology guidelines and they needed to take one story out. That was my story. The editors were very nice and in a difficult position themselves. They explained how much they loved the story and wouldn’t be surprised if it found another home right away.
It did. Another editor offered to buy it right away after hearing about it becoming available, but I said “No.” Why?? Why would I say no?
Well this story very nearly broke me. I used every trick I had to make it a great story, an awesome story. But it doesn’t have any literary appeal. It’s simply a fun mystery story, but it was also Urban Fantasy. It’s really difficult to break into the Urban Fantasy market (at least at the time it was, I hear editors are starting to consider it again). Short story markets are few and far between that will take Urban Fantasy, as most specify in the guidelines “NO URBAN FANTASY.” It makes me feel dirty for loving a genre that offers just about everything in a modern package.
So, I put my all into the story and found out that it was not going to get used in the anthology where it was supposed to go and a few days after I found out my parents house burned down and my best friend was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer. I didn’t want to ever look at that story again.
The secret is that a year later over the summer (2015) I decided that I didn’t want that story to end. I didn’t want this to be the story I’d lock away just because it came along at the wrong time in my life. I kept thinking of the characters and the cool ideas I had for more mysteries set in that world. In the middle of writing a third novel to send around on submission I emailed my agent to tell her my idea. She said to go for it. I’d been looking for something to self publish and do on my own and this was the perfect project for something like that.
Now I have two books completed and that abandoned story has become the beginning of book three. And I have an editor lined up and a cover:
(Cover art by Christian Bentulan of Covers by Christian)
And huge thanks to Stewart Baker who meshed together a few ideas I had for a front cover blurb to come up with something even more perfect.
This is the book description:
There are three kinds of lies.
Lies the fates spin as half truths.
Lies of destined love.
As a fateless, Kate Hale is immune to the first two, but the third kind of lie is her profession. After spending years as an actuary for the Traffic Department, Kate is promoted to Accidental Death Predictions. It’s all she’s worked toward, and her career is finally on track. But when an oracle delivers an impossible death prediction and insists on her help to solve the case, she might lose any chance of impressing the brass.
Her only hope comes in the form of the police liaison assigned to her department, latent werewolf Ian Becker. Becker can grant her the clearance to find answers, but he’s a wild card with a shady past who doesn’t play well with others.
Every prediction has a loophole, but if Kate can’t solve the case before the crime is fated to occur she won’t just lose her job–she’ll have the blood of an oracle on her hands.
Welp—that makes it real. I’ve put a lot of time in between other projects to make these the best books they can be. It’s going to happen, uh, soonish. I don’t have a firm date, but things are happening around here. Just thought you should know what I’ve been up to 😉
Huzzah and woohoo!
Thanks again for putting together my messy ideas and smoothing out the back cover and front cover blurb
WOOT! I’m looking forward to them
Yay! Thank you
That blurb is awesome, and I love the cover! Congrats! I can’t wait to read the series!
Thanks! It was a lot of re-working to get it just right. As soon as it’s edited it I’ll have a better idea on the date…which should be very soon.
Love the tyography ” R2″ … Most intriguing ! Tell us when ~
Looking forward __
R with the tiny two in the upper right is the statistical symbol for the coefficient of determination 😉 I found the font to go with the symbols we choose and my husband helped me get all them in the right placing. My talented cover artist, Christian found a way to get it on the page a certain way. I’ve been worried that people will either hate it or like it, but no in-between. I was trying to echo Breaking Bad with the concept of using the chemistry table in the title.
Very cool! I’m definitely intrigued and want to know more.
Wow, what a great story– both the tale of your novel being in the anthology and then not, as well as the blurb for the actual novel!
Congrats on taking this step and putting your work out there, Tina!
How cool, Tina!! I loved finding out about how the series came to be. And a killer blurb. Looking forward to adding this to my TBR pile.