It’s been far too long since my last update. Life throws all kinds of curve balls, and now that I have things under control, I thought I’d get you all up to speed.
Yesterday, on my birthday I finally finished the manuscript for Violet Heart, the first book of the Violet Fate Duology, and sent it out to Crystal, my editor. Violet Fate has been a challenging but rewarding story to write. Since Painting the Mists is such a long series, I’ve always regretted not being able to start a story from scratch again. That’s how Violet Fate started. While it’s based in the same world as Painting the Mists, I’ve tried to make it as inclusive for new readers as possible. At the same time, it adds some depth to certain aspects of Painting the Mists and characters you wouldn’t otherwise hear too much about. I hope you all enjoy it.
Unfortunately, trying new things can be very time consuming and energy draining. Not only has this book taken much longer than others, but the book doubled from my original 450-page estimate, forcing me to cut it into two parts and call it a duology. On top of that, I invested much effort in my first (unsuccessful and retracted) launch of Painting the Mists on audiobook. I switched Painting the Mists to Kindle Unlimited with much more encouraging results. And then, there’s wedding planning.
With Violet Heart’s manuscript out of the door, I’m back to writing Book 7 of Painting the Mists, Shifting Tides. A new artist will be working on the cover following the same design as Petros, and I hope to have something to show you by the beginning of October. My hope is to have the book out to you by the end of December – keep your fingers crossed. In addition, I’ve re-submitted Painting the Mists for audiobook auditions and have selected a great narrator for the first two books. Ideally, the first one will be out in October and the second in November. Given my prior experience with my previous publication of Clear Sky, and the experience of the current narrator, I think this schedule is feasible.
For the first time since I started, I now have two books pending, Converging Fate (Violet Fate Book 2) and Shifting Tides (Painting the Mists Book 7). While I’m not sure when I’ll get to writing the second part of Violet Fate, there’s something reassuring about having a second book to work on. Sometimes, I just get stuck and need to stew on things. The ability to switch between projects is priceless and might just be the thing I need to keep me going strong. Combined with my reduced work schedule starting in October, I’m optimistic about picking up my writing speed. My target is to finish two first draft manuscripts before my fiancé and I get married on December 28th. Wish me luck.
I think that about covers it. The last few months didn’t go as planned, but I learned much about life and myself while writing a book. That’s all I can ask for, and all I really want in life. I look forward to writing Shifting Tides and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I’ll enjoy writing it. I promise not to take so long before my next update.
Patrick G. Laplante