Thanks, Lee, for inviting me to blog here at AUTHOR SOUND RELATIONS. I really appreciate the forum you’ve offered, especially since I’ve got a new book coming out April 1!
CrystalFire is the final story in my DemonSlayers series, and since I finished writing the story a year ago, I’m going through the process of putting myself back into that world so that I can recall the details when people ask questions, but that’s the way things work in this business. And since it’s something that readers don’t always know, I thought I’d talk about it a bit.
The best part of being an author is writing the books. The worst part of being an author is writing the books. Go figure, but it’s true. There’s such an amazing element of discovery each day when I sit down to see what my characters are up to, and at the same time, there’s always the fear in the back of my mind that maybe they’re not going to tell me. It’s like, if they don’t let me in on the secret, I’m screwed! So far, they’ve not kept me out of the loop, and all the books I’ve been working on have managed to get themselves written.
But once the story is done and sent off to my editor, it’s on to the next book, and then the next. I had to go back and look at my schedule, but since I turned in the final CrystalFire manuscript last year, I’ve written two novels for my new Dream Catchers series, Dream Unbound and Dream Unchained, four novellas for my self-published Demon Lovers series: Unbalanced, Unbound, Unmasked and now Unleashed, have edited and prepared two of my older titles, 68 & Climbing and Cowboy in My Pocket for self-publishing, wrote numerous blog posts and a gazillion emails and have started another new series. Point being, I’ve not read or been thinking about the book that’s actually coming out, which means I’ve had to go back and reread it to even remember the story!
Hopefully, that will explain the “deer in the headlights” look I sometimes get when a reader asks me about a point in one of my books. My mind is always wrapped around the current project, which, for me right now, is my brand new series, Spirit Wild. This is one I’ve been so anxious to get to—it’s my second generation series about the Chanku, stories that take place twenty-five years after Wolf Tales 12. I’m three chapters into Lily’s story, To Love a Dark Wolf, and I’m having the time of my life discovering Lily as a young woman...but, I really need to talk about CrystalFire and what THIS book is about! Like I said, it’s the way things work.
CrystalFire is nothing like I imagined it would be and everything I hoped for a final book to a series. It’s got unlikely heroes, a horrible threat to mankind (and Lemurian-kind!) and two secondary stories that weren’t even on the radar when I started writing.
But again, that’s the way these things work, and I think you’ll understand what I mean when you read the book. I do have something I’d love an opinion on—you’ll notice is that I write in a lot of different genres. Wolf Tales is erotic paranormal, Dream Catchers is erotic science fiction, DemonSlayers is paranormal, Cowboy in My Pocket is contemporary western humor, 68 & Climbing is contemporary romance and Demon Lovers is erotic urban fantasy. I do them all as me—they’re all written by Kate Douglas. We’re having a discussion on an author list right now about using pseudonyms—what’s your thought on that? Do you want an author to keep one name for all their genres, or would you prefer a different name? Or should it be a different name linked to the original, the some authors do: Joe Blow writing as Betsy Smith? I’d love to take your answers back to my list and let the authors know what you think. AND, for allowing me to pick your brains, three winners will be chosen from those who leave a comment. I’m giving away your choice of a copy of StarFire or the new book, CrystalFire.
***Kate's winners are Denise Z, TinaMaire and Maria E!! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name an mailing address asap! Thanks!***