I just re-read THE ELVEN LORDS series of books, in order to immerse myself in the world again so I could write a short novelette. I had been ill for so long, so rusty, that I couldn’t quite face the challenge of writing a long novel. I wanted the new story based in the world, but not within the main plot line of the series. (I’m also thinking of doing a series of longer novelettes on the stolen scepters, which falls within the main plot of the series, since readers have asked me for those characters’ stories.)
Anyway, I don’t know if other writers are like me, but I imagine so. It drives me a bit crazy to read my books once they’re published. I always find things I would have changed, or something I would have added to make the scene more substantial or meaningful. And then there’s times when I read something that I am amazed I wrote. How did I manage it? And can I do it again?
And there, I guess, is the challenge to write some more. To surpass what I’ve done, if possible. And therein, I think, lays the addiction of being an author. :)
Although the story isn’t completely edited yet, I do want my readers to know that a story will (finally) be forthcoming. As usual, it combines hard fantasy with romance, and involves an assassin whose mark is not only aware he has come to kill her, but awake and waiting for him with an unusual request. The twists and turns have my poor hero a bit muddled, but I think he comes out of the encounter a different--perhaps even a better--man. Usually my heroes are not yet worthy of the love of my heroine. It takes the journey of their story to be the man the heroine can love and admire--and in the case of this new story--even if she’s not the one for him. The short novelette is titled THE ASSASSIN’S LOVER, and begs the question: Does a killer deserve a happy ending? Only you, the reader, will be able to answer it.