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This June I am releasing my twelfth novel. (12… holy dragons!) The Standing Stones, fittingly, concludes my first foray into fantasy.
The Dragonmage Saga is set in Ireland of about 800 CE – era of the Viking invasions, the height of the monastic contribution to our literature (not at all skewed in the Christians’ favor, I’m sure), and, in my story arc, the era of the last dragons in Ireland.
One of the rules of Fantasy and SciFi is… you have to follow the rules. As an author worldbuilds, she has a tremendous amount of latitude as to the world she creates but, within that world, the rules she comes up with have to be consistent in order for readers to accept them and be swept along for the ride. In this particular trilogy, set in a real time in our history, there were certain parameters I had to stay within. One reviewer likened this trilogy to reading a story about the Titanic – we know the ultimate outcome, but watching this alternative route to how we got there is where the fascination comes from. In order to be true to the real bits of history I had to work with, I have amassed a treasure trove of research.
I blogged HERE about the magic folder that has gone pretty much everywhere with me for almost two years. I never knew when a new idea was going to come to me, or when I might come across some obscure bit of information about ancient Celts or Vikings or dragons that might come in handy later.
Another reason this folder was necessary is that this was the first time I’ve ever written a sequel let alone a trilogy. Keeping my facts and timeline straight has been an ongoing challenge. I had never outlined a novel prior to Rising From the Ashes, so having to outline the story arc for three books was a stretch for me.
The thing is, the third book is now in the hands of the formatter. The cover is complete. I’m done writing. The only thing left to do is a final proofreading, but… I’m still carrying the folder with me every day. It’s sitting here beside me as I type this blog. I can’t seem to leave it at home or file it away. Yet.
Ideas for my next (non-fantasy) novel are beginning to take shape in my head, but this folder… this folder feels like some kind of security blanket. This world of Caymin and Péist has occupied my brain for so long, it’s really hard to leave them. JK Rowling was immersed in Harry Potter’s world for seventeen years! She has said it was a bereavement to leave it after writing the last word of the last novel. I can believe that. And I completely understand why she revisits with other characters such as Newt Scamander.
I’ve left myself a wee opening to revisit my world and my characters, too. It might not happen for a while, but if I ever come back, I’ll have my magic folder to keep me straight – figuratively speaking.