Ideas often appear out of nothing, as though some hidden synapse in your mind says “Now” and then bam, inspiration strikes. Starshot, my new novel and the first of a six book series, wasn’t like that. Instead, like a jigsaw puzzle, its story came together by plugging in one piece after another, then occasionally breaking everything apart and starting over again.
This, needless to say, isn’t an efficient way to write a story. It is, however, a good way to get really, really close with your characters. As trauma befell the setting and the plot, the characters grew, and eventually drove everything else.
Starshot and the series, The Skyward Saga, are an adventure. A clashing of wills, of wishes and desires with the reality of destinies beyond our control. It’s a tale of how to adapt when there’s no other choice, and how to forge a new path when your own principles demand it. There’s aliens, there’s spaceships, and all the gooey nougat filling of a science fiction story too, because that stuff’s just fun and I can’t help but write it.
Every month from now through March, you’ll find a new book in this series popping up on Amazon’s infinite shelves. I’m structuring the release this way because I’m hoping you’ll find it easier to stick with the tale, and that the story, as a whole, won’t break up the way so many sagas do when years are burned between their entries.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy Starshot and the stories around it – two, The Spear and Oratus are already available and take side sojourns into some of The Skyward Saga’s side characters. I loved pulling this world together until it yanked me into its strange designs, and I can’t wait to see what you think of it.