Another personal emergency happened recently, but this time when things calmed down, I got to use writing (moving more on book two of Allmother’s Fire) as a way of dealing with things, instead of letting the events of life throw up another obstacle in the way of completing the next book. It’s a nice change.
The biggest issue I am having with this next book I think is deciding what tone to sent. Recent influences have been very pulpy, and it feels to me like a lot of the plans for where the plot is going and recent scenes have been full of big ideas and cinematic concepts.
There is not a problem with that either, but a few of the readers of my last book in the Allmother’s Fire let me know what they like the most was the characters, the family, and the occasionaly bits of humor that peeked out more. They prefered this to action and giant ideas screaming across the page. I even had a small amount tell me what they liked most was the when it was serious, and the ‘realistic’ aspects of the book.
Overall, flying Airpirates that shoot blood out of their eyes and raid giant floating castles filled with gold does not really speak of realistic to me. Like all writers I want to hope people like what I write, so let’s just assume they like the character moments, and the way people respond to what happens.
This leaves me with the fact that however I write this second book, if I shift away from the kind of hodgepodge mix of themes and attitudes I will probably disappoint someone. The next book won’t stray greatly in themes from the first, hopefully not enough to be jarring, but as a writer I tend to write with what inspires me, and often what I want to read or see at the moment.
At heart, this really a is a tale of how the remenant of a family faces the rest of the world against them, so character and relationships will matter and stay central to the plot. At the same time, besides some revelation of things that went on behind the scenes in the first book that show the scope was grander then though of orignally, I am just in a mood to write those crazy kinetic gonzo scenes and images.
So you will still ships dueling in the sky and blades flashing in between semi witty repartee, but you will also get more lost tribes, unexplored worlds, and all of existence in peril. Let’s hope this comes off as more epic, and not so over the top that it feel incongrous with the tone of the other books. This is what editors and beta readers are for, so I can blame them if it comes out wrong!