Princess of Stars is now live on Kindle, and should soon be available in paperback, as well.
I suppose an author should speak well of his own work, but my sense of relief at having completed this book, and with it the Divine Lotus series, is so profound that any promotion I could make for it would sound false in my own ears. This has been an effort of three years, one geographic relocation, the end of a major relationship, separation from loved ones, so on and so forth, all adding up to a very long struggle simply to finish this book in some form or another. At the end it became, perhaps, a prime example of the adage that ‘no book is ever finished, only abandoned’. I managed to crawl, at last, across this finish line, on my hands and knees, and collapse in exhaustion and relief.
Not that this series has not been a tremendous learning experience, and not that I don’t think I created some interesting and entertaining characters and narrative. It is, however, a relief to be done with it, and now to have the freedom to move on to another project.
Which, at the moment, appears to be an idea that I’ve had for a while, a standalone book that currently bears the unimaginative working title of Siege— which is, wait for it, about the siege of a great city of an empire, and what happens to the people on both sides of the siege lines. I’m calling it fantasy, although more along the lines of Richard Adam’s Shardik or Peter Dickinson’s The Blue Hawk, set in a world in which there is little or no magic, but which resembles our world only in the universals of human life– loss, fear, struggle, hope, courage, hatred, and love. I’m hoping the lessons I learned from telling Kathy Pennington’s story will help me tell a better one with Siege– but it is journey I am just beginning, with only 15,000 disjointed words out of a guesstimated 150,000 (it does feel like it’s going to be a long story). I’ll be at this a while.
Beyond that– who knows? I have learned not to prognosticate about my writing too much, because I have so often been way, way off-base. Suffice it to say that I’m happy to be off on a new road, and eager to see where it leads.