Thursday, October 20, 2011

Writing the Sequel to Zombified - Not as Easy as You'd Think!

After I finished Zombified and put it up on Kindle, Nook, and the paperback version on Amazon, I thought I was through for awhile.  I planned to do a sequel, but not right away.  However, as people read the book they wanted the sequel NOW, and were wanting to know when it would be ready.  I was flattered and surprised, so I began to write.  I already had the beginning set up so that went quickly, and I am now on Chapter 9.  I have a lot more to write and it's going a lot slower than anticipated. 

When I began, I was hoping to have it released by Halloween, now it looks like spring of next year.  I have two major issues that have come into play.  Number one is I have a life that takes precedence over any writing...and right now family is my top priority and is taking up most of my time.  Don't get me wrong, I am really enjoying spending time with my family and that is definitely what's most important to me.  The second issue is simply the writing of a sequel.  There are a lot of factors to focus on, such as keeping the story flowing smoothly while subtly filling in the back story for those who haven't read the first book.  I don't want to rehash everything so it's a delicate balance.  I'm also putting in bigger fight scenes and they take longer to write - I do a lot of visualizing before writing them - I like to play it out in my head first before writing it down.

So, that's where I'm at in regards to writing the sequel.  If you're reading this, I'll go ahead and tell you what the title for the next book will be:  Zombified (Book Two: Shady Oaks).  Hopefully I will get the book finished before spring, I'm just as excited as the readers to see how the sequel turns out! :D      

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Changes to Blogger

I noticed we have some new things and I have the time today, so I'm playing with the new features.  I changed my template, I had a hard time deciding which one to use so I may change it up more often.  If you've been using the new stuff, let me know how you like them.  Anyone using the new Blogger interface yet - how does it work exactly?  I brought it up but not sure what it does.