These last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind for my writing. The creative juices are flowing and I find myself furiously typing at work. Hammering away at the keys in every moment that permits me. The story in Kingdomfall is coming to an end and it’ll soon be time to make the edits and rewrites of chapters. But, most of all, I’m enjoying where the story is taking me. The characters feel varied for me, larger than life yet still have their everyman moments. I’ve asked a few people and, for them, Dirham is one of their favourite characters. Even more so than the main protagonist. It makes me wonder whether I’m doing this subconsciously, considering he’s the everyman in the story. Is he, perhaps, the actual main protagonist? Maybe… Maybe I missed a trick.
The next book in the series is going to be slightly different. The reason? A completely new point of view. I won’t say too much now and spoil it, but I’m excited for the next part of the story.
I have to say, I never thought I’d be a writer. I’d loved the idea when I was younger, but never seemed to have the time. I’d always be out or working, or socialising. I guess when it’s your time, it’s your time. Now I’ve started it, I have to finish it. I’ve toyed with the idea of making it a nine part series. I’ve toyed with the idea of a trilogy. But ultimately, the books will continue until the story has been told. There’s more ground to cover yet. And who’s to say that I won’t write more books set in the world of Vikinsa? I’d love the idea of a new cast of characters coming across old ones, like seeing an old friend.
For now, there’s a long journey left for Rhyn and company. I hope you’ll join me.
“You’re all the same. You think the world owes you a debt. You think the way should be paved with gold and people should sing your praises just because you are who you are. But it takes people like me to show you the real world. All your gold turns to shit, and the people who sing your praises mock you behind your back. The world will turn. You will die. And you will be forgotten.”
That little speech is from later on in the book. Can you guess which one?
Kingdomfall has come a long way and so have the heroes and villains of the story. But this installment is heading towards the end of the first draft. I’ve already identified a few chapters that either need to be completely cut or rewritten. I have yet to place the clues as to where the story is heading, the little bits that make it that much more interesting.
As far as writing goes, I’m on chapter 40. In the last novel I finished at chapter 50, which in theory gives me ten chapters before it comes to a crescendo. Things are taking a turn and I can’t wait for you to read it. I know I’ve been taking my time with the second book, but I assure you, it’s worth the wait.
Recently I’ve been reading Tower Lord by Anthony Ryan, a wonderful piece of writing and the second in the series Raven’s Shadow. I’m truly captivated by the setting and the characters. I’ve also recently picked up Malice by John Gwynne, along with his second book, Valor. Once I’ve finished Tower Lord it’s on to them.
Do you have any recommendations for future reading? Leave suggestions below. You can even let me know how excited you are for the next book in The Kingmaker Saga, I’d be happy to hear it.