Urban Fantasy Author Update For Summer 2024

It’s time for yet another urban fantasy author update. Here’s what’s cooking in the Druidverse™ over the next few months…

What I’m Writing

I’ve completed roughly 50,000 words of the manuscript for Fey Druid, and based on my outline I’m well over halfway done with the novel.

Druidverse urban fantasy novels Q1 and Q2 2024It’s been less than a month since I dropped Treasonous Magic and about four months since I released Superhero World, so it feels like I’m finally back in my pre-cancer writing groove.

Currently, I plan to switch back and forth between three different series with each new release. Right now those series are as follows:

  • The Sylvan Cycle, which follows the main storyline in the Junkyard Druid novels
  • The Druidverse Superhero Fiction Series, which follows Colin’s adventures in an alt-timeline universe
  • And The CERBERUS Paranormal Detective Series, which features Agent Tony Mendoza in his early days with CERBERUS

The superhero series is a planned trilogy, so I’ll start a new series featuring another Druidverse™ character once the third book in that series is complete.

What I’m Watching

I’m watching the fourth season of The Boys, and honestly finding it a little tedious. The writers and showrunners seem to be punching down more than usual, and it also seems they’ve exhausted all the tricks in their creative bag.

Other than adding ever more gratuitous sex scenes to the show, there’s not much new to be had in this season. It’s a damned shame, because I found Gen V to be a fresh and inventive take on the adapted comic book universe.

On the fantasy front, I’m really enjoying the second season of House of the Dragon. Although Matt Smith’s talents are wasted thus far (to E4, anyway), Emma D’Arcy is brilliant, and we’re finally getting to see all that Fire & Blood the show is based upon.

I’ve also started catching up on the 4th season of Evil. For a show that started off so ambiguously with regards to its treatment of the supernatural, it certainly has taken a turn toward the bizarre. If you want to watch something that’s lighthearted enough to make you laugh while being provocative enough to make you think, you can check it out on Paramount+, with Seasons 1 & 2 available on Netflix.

What I’m Reading

Recently, I’ve returned for a third read of the Amra Thetys series by Michael McClung. I’m also re-reading some of the reference material I own on abnormal psychology and psychopathy. I find it’s always useful to refresh my memory on such topics when I’m writing about villainy and mayhem.

An Update on My Publishing Schedule

It might sound like I’m writing at a breakneck pace, but I know several authors who write faster than I do. Much faster, in fact.

writing speed and writers blockLongtime readers know I’ve been writing four novels per year since around 2015. Four novels a year has been a very comfortable pace, one that has allowed me to maintain quality while also sustaining reader interest.

Before I was diagnosed with cancer in early 2021, I worked three careers concurrently. The first was writing fiction, the second was teaching martial arts, and the third was running a consulting business.

Due to my health, I was forced to quit teaching Krav Maga and Jeet Kune Do in July of 2021. A rather rough adjustment period followed, but then again, there were lots of tough adjustments to make during that time. I’ve adapted well, but it doesn’t mean that I don’t miss it.

Since my recovery, I’ve toyed with the idea of taking up my instructional duties again, but it turns out that I like not working 60+ hours a week. I also like that I can go to bed at a reasonable time, get up at the crack of dawn, and write until noon every day.

And, I’m finding that my writing output is gradually increasing as I become accustomed to that new schedule. It’s not that I’m writing faster these days; if anything, I’m taking more time to find the words I want to put on the page.

That said, I am spending more hours writing each day, and I’m able to be more consistent in that regard. Such a schedule combined with my natural discipline equates to producing higher word counts every month.

Thus, I might increase my publishing frequency this year. We shall see.

That’s all the news I have for the moment. Be sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram, as that’s where I interact regularly with my readers.

As always, thanks for your support!

1 Comments

  1. Greg Courter on July 12, 2024 at 11:48 am

    Any chance on a return the Them? While for the most part I enjoy all of your efforts, for some reason that series really stuck. And congrats on joining the “increase the survival odds” group.

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