As my queries and partial live out in the world of agents for a while, I turn my attention to my next project. About halfway through revising BLACK SUN, an idea hit me for what I should write next. It is much more urban fantasy, taking our world only about a generation ahead of where we are now. The problems and forces affecting us now grow and change and make a recognizable both wholly different. Taking what’s happening now and pushing it forward with its own delicious paranormal twists.
For the last few months, I’ve let this new world germinate in my head. I’ve gotten research done (some of which I’m sure landed me interesting watch lists). I’ve written up shorts for people who will never be in the book but helped me determine what happened when everything went wrong. I’ve discovered and created political factions. Unlike Black Sun, this new world will be much deeper with a lot more characters interacting on a deeper level.
Taking a page from Kim Harrison’s highly successful playbook, I have also outlined 3 books. This way I not only know what my characters are doing and interacting, but where they are going and how they are changing as they get there. These will be working outlines that will of course grow and change as I write and revise, but knowing where my characters are headed has made me excited to jump into this world.
And jump I will. Now that the character sheets are done, scene worksheets and outlines are completed, and the GMC for all my main characters and the history are determined, I am ready to plunge into this urban fantasy head first.
So, my goal for the end of the week will be to send out the rest of my round one query agents and to put word to screen on my new work. An exciting week all around. Now to go for a run to get any last minute explosion of ideas.