It’s officially a book release day!
My book The Mindmage’s Wrath has officially been re-released and is available for sale right now. Link in the description below.
So The Mindmage’s Wrath has the dubious honor of being the hardest book I’ve ever written.
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About three quarters of the way through the first draft of this book, I scrapped the entire thing and started over, almost from scratch.
I’ve always been a big proponent that you should try to get your first draft done as quickly as possible, and you should never stop to look back at what you’re writing while you’re writing it.
And I still think that’s true. Except that with The Mindmage’s Wrath, I didn’t have to stop and look back at it to realize that everything I was writing was pretty much crap.
Every scene felt stupid and purposeless. None of the characters’ decisions made any sense, and I didn’t care about anything I was writing.
This was the first time I’d experienced this in writing any of my books, and it was really disheartening. I’d never dealt with anything like it, so I didn’t know how to handle it.
It wasn’t until I stopped and reviewed, not my first draft, but my OUTLINE for the book, that I realized I’d made a huge, horrible, glaring mistake.
The mistake was not realizing what genre I was actually writing in. And that genre was Mystery.
The Mindmage’s Wrath is, essentially, a mystery novel. Not in the noir detective thriller sense, where some gumshoe P.I. drones on about blondes with legs that go on for years.
But much more in the Harry Potter sense, where there’s a big mystery running throughout the entire book, wrapped around all the different subplots that form the bulk of the story.
And only at the end do the characters realize what’s really been going on the whole time and race to stop the bad guy and save the day.
And because I hadn’t realized I was essentially writing a mystery, the outline I had created was really, truly crap. Nothing made sense or felt motivated because I hadn’t even realized what kind of story I was writing.
And, happily, once I had that realization, I was able to fix it. The book came together, and eventually turned into what is still one of my favorite of the Underrealm books.
There are a lot of twists, a lot of back-and-forth about whodunit, and one of my most common reviews is that the book keeps readers guessing until the final couple of chapters.
Which is kind of what you want a mystery to do, right?
So now the new version is re-edited and re-released, with this gorgeous new cover by my new cover artist. You can pick it up in paperback, hardcover or ebook, all at the link in the description. I hope you’ll check it out, and that if you do, you enjoy it.
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