Chalcedony: Book 2 of the Everleaf Series Progress Report
The sequel will be split into three parts: Coal, Chalcedony, and my favorite bad-ass female dwarf, Haline.
Coal’s part has been written, and Ohmygosh you are going to love it. I love it. Coal is going to go through some major changes.
Chalcedony’s part is mostly written, apparently it was written some years ago. The rewrites for this part are going to be hell though, because I’ve learned a lot since drafting this section.
I hope to start digging deep into Haline’s story by August. I have no idea how long it’ll take to finish the complete book, but I hope I plan to it completed before Christmas.
I hit the Pre-order button on Black Beauty. Although technically it’s Coal’s prequel, it’s completely different than Coal. For one, it takes place in the Human realm, almost all of the characters are human, and none of the fantasy elements are clearly defined until the end.
Black Beauty focuses on the intersection of Speculative Fiction and (my) Black culture. This is the type of story I wanted to write when I started Coal, but had to write Coal in a complete fantasy setting in order to understand my world and my characters. I love Coal, but with Black Beauty I finally had a black urban story with a few fantasy elements, and I couldn’t be happier with it.
I have to repeat: anyone that leaves a review of Coal will get a free copy of Black Beauty. Just send me a link of the review and your email address.
We Need Diverse Books
I want to do a workshop on writing diverse characters. Not that I’m great at writing characters or speaking in public. But I think it’s a niche that should be explored in Oklahoma, and it’s something I’m passionate about, so I don’t mind putting myself out there for criticism, failure and, of course, success. I’ve even joined a toastmaster’s class near the job.