Monday, May 28, 2012

New Project: DARKNESS WALKS

I mentioned in the previous post a new project that I was really looking forward to working on.

Introducing Darkness Walks -  a vampire novella series.

This project doesn't have an exact moment of genesis; rather, it just kinda came together. But the motivation behind the movement was actually an offhand comment by my girlfriend - and COO of our newly-minted publishing entity, Marquis Literary & Publishing Co. - Shaundra Ray.

As we're always on the lookout for viable additional streams of income, Shaundra came across an article detailing how money could be made in writing short erotic stories for e-reading platforms (Kindle, Nook, iPad, etc.). She brought the idea to me and it sounded interesting - so much so that I came up with a pen name and started generating ideas and series names. But then Shaundra said the thing that would, ultimately, put Darkness Walks into motion - that I could write some of my existing stuff as shorts. At least then I could use my real name.

Sure, it's a simple thought - but one that hadn't occurred to me yet. I heard an initial plan and was all over it, without consideration of any type of modification. It was a great idea, too -

But what would the project be? Lupus Moon had already been outlined with hopes of turning it into a series of NOVELS. I had created another character, an African vampire named Noah, but I had also affixed him in my mind as the star of a different series of books and I just wasn't feeling him for short stories.

Then I remembered another character - a fragment of an idea I had (can't remember why or what exactly inspired it) last year about a teenage vampire who was an orphan (the character didn't even have a name, though she'd eventually come to be called Wendy). I had a few solid ideas for her and no preconceived plans, which made her the perfect subject to experiment on.

Lo and behold, the more I thought about it, the more I cottoned to the idea of a series of novellas (by now I had figured I could just as easily write a novella as a short - and charge a little more for it) featuring Wendy and her adventures as she struggles to come to grips with what she is, and what she must leave behind in order to move forward. Thus Darkness Walks was born.

We have high hopes for this project. I'm excited to work on it, and Shaundra's already started on the marketing plan. As of right now, I'm thinking this will be a seven-installment series, but of course I'm open to doing more as long as there's good stories to tell. Something else I'm really excited about is my plan to "Marvel-ize" my works: Lupus Moon, Darkness Walks and, eventually, Noah's books (and maybe one more demonic character), will all share the same universe - opening the door for potential collaborations and crossovers. I don't have anything to show for it yet, but my mind is already giddy at the prospects of interactions between the brash Alexandria, the timid-but-tortured and reluctant Wendy, and the noble, enigmatic Noah. A lot of stuff to play with there.

Book One is in the outlining stage now, and that, in of itself, is crazy to me: I never thought I'd be writing vampire fiction (I'm more a werewolf man), much less that it would be the likely first project of our own publishing imprint. But with the amount of time it would take to turn out a novella or two versus a full-on novel, that's exactly the case - which is fine with me. If this thing is going to catch on and sell big, I'd like to know as soon as possible. I have a day job that's been pretty good to me - but if I could stay home everyday and do what I love to, and get paid for it...

Time will tell, of course. But I have my heading, we've set sail, and we're moving full speed ahead.

Hope you come along for the ride.

KS

LUPUS MOON #7

The outline for the novel has been finished for a few weeks now, and it's sitting on the corner of my coffee table, ready to go. I never officially put it on hold; in fact, it's integrated in a new writing schedule I've devised. It's just that it's gotten overshadowed by another project - one I'll detail in a separate post.

I feel good about what I've come up with, and I look forward to laying into the outline and actually bringing Lupus Moon to fruition. I'll admit, I'm daunted by the task; I haven't written in this form in a long time and there a re a lot of really good writers out there - folks whose passages make me want to throw in the towel out of sheer doubt that I could write anything as clever, poetic, or just plain linguistic. But I have a story to tell and that's exactly what I'm going to do.

It may be a while before my next Lupus Moon update, but it doesn't mean I'm not writing. I'm just writing on something else. I look forward to sharing that with you as well.

KS