I wrote the rough draft about two years ago – that, and the rough draft for Book Four – and I wrote them in a hurry. I knew we’d be moving soon, and I wanted to get the story down on paper while it was vivid in my head. It was after I wrote those two that I went back and spit-n-polished Shrilugh and The Darkening. So, basically, a lot of time has passed, and I’ve learned a ton in the process.
Now, looking at this rough draft, all I can say is,
WOOF. I’ve got my work cut out for me.
Major plot holes? Got ’em. Predominant characters from books one and two that are nowhere to be seen in books three and four? Yep, sounds about right. Could Fruition prove to be the Rough Draft From Hell?
It’s alright, though. I love this story, and love these characters, so I’m determined. Even if it means I have to grab the nearest club and beat this manuscript into submission.
What can I promise you about Fruition? I can promise unexpected villains. I can promise a return to Calista Fulbert’s story. I can promise some steamy scenes with Brig. I can promise more Archethenian mythology. I can promise unexpected twists and turns.
…it’s just the when that I can’t make any promises about. I’m hoping for a release date before the end of the year…I’ll do my darndest to make it happen…
…but I can’t promise it.
What I can do, however, is give you this: My inspiration board for Fruition on Pinterest. Lots of good images that show you where my head is at while I’m at work.
And, I can give you this. It’s anthem for Brig of sorts. The powerful repeating of “I will hold on hope,” always speaks to me of him. Because with whatever it is Brig is becoming, hope is his anchor.