So I Wrote a Thinky Book

I am so excited to finally start talking to you all about my latest book! It’s with my editors now, and I should have a cover reveal really soon โค In fact, if all goes to plan, I’ll be releasing it this month! For now, I want to share some thoughts about it.

Most of my series are meant to be pure escapist entertainment. I set out to make them as easy to read as possible so that my readers can just relax and enjoy them.

And then I wrote the second Blades of Janus book.

Let me be clear right off the bat. I adore this series, this world, and especially this book. From the feedback I’m getting, it’s my best writing, best plotting, and best world-building yet.

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I am a fan.

I think this book will really pull people into the world of the Blades. In that way, it is escapist and entertaining. But it’s not as easy to read as most of my other works. There’s a lot to remember, and I can easily imagine people re-reading the series to pick up threads that I’m weaving into the story. Lots of threads.

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Twists and Turns

I love being surprised by books. Even more, I love surprising my readers with my stories. The very best surprises are the ones you can look back at and think you should have seen coming. For that to work, the writer needs to leave a trail of bread crumbs.

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The results can be incredibly rewarding, even if crafting that trail can be a real challenge. And sometimes, the challenge continues even after the story ends.

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Horrormance

Writers face many challenges. One that might not be as well-known among readers is how we agonize over where our books fit in to the grand world of fiction. I’ve rarely met a writer who hasn’t at one point wondered what genre they should use to help readers connect with their works.

So, what do you do when you can’t find a genre that really fits your work? Why, you make up a new one, of course. And thus, the genre of Horrormance was born.

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