Usually I post my annual check-in around the beginning of the year, but already 2021 has proven it’s a little different than normal.
Between checking the news on a regular basis here in the U.S. and working on my latest work in progress, The Blood of Kanta, it’s taken a bit to wrap my brain around 2021. If you follow my mailing list, you’ll have likely already seen all these plans, but I like to share things publicly too on my blog every year. You can go back and check out my previous entries from 2016, 2017, 2019, and 2020.
Last year the pandemic threw a huge curve-ball in my plans, but I also had several experiences that made me re-examine my work and my publishing process. Here’s a quick overview:
- At the start of 2020, I had a short story coming out in Masks, a Mardi Gras anthology alongside some incredible authors. I had a second short story coming out in an anthology with the same publisher that was set to come out in December, but then the publisher closed its doors suddenly. Although the anthology was picked up elsewhere, I kind of wanted to take the reigns back on my short story, and now I’m planning on publishing it this October in my own collection of tales, The Impostor and Other Dark Tales.
I made some truly amazing friends throughout this journey, but I still felt singed by the whole experience. That made me start looking at my writing differently and led me to the next step.
- In 2020, I got back most of the rights back to The She-Wolf of Kanta, and have since decided to turn it into a full series, The Wolves of Kanta. This ended quite amicably, but I had been considering expanding on this universe for some time. Now I’m aiming to re-release The She-Wolf of Kanta along with two sequels in 2022.
I’ve always considered myself a hybrid author, with one foot in the small press world and one in the independent publishing world. I’m very proud of the Stolen series. The final book, Chosen, releases on March 23rd from Parliament House Press, who have been amazing to work with. However being hybrid means that I also publish independently, so I’m going to try my hand at that next year. It’s going to be a learning curve since I plan to tackle physical books and ebooks, in a series that doesn’t yet have a solid ending.
With that in mind, here’s my overview for my writing for 2021, and where I’m planning to go next.
There’s a lot listed above, but here is a quick run-down of what I’ll be working on this year:
- The final book in the Stolen trilogy. Comes out March 23rd!
- Stolen audiobook (not pictured)
- The Blood of Kanta
- Wolves of Kanta #2
- Working on edits now on this one. Scheduled for release in 2022.
- The Wolves of Kanta #3
- Tentatively titled The Fury of Kanta, this one is also scheduled to be released in 2022.
- Snow #1
- A dark, diverse retelling of the beloved Snow White tale, a story I have loved for ages.
- The start of a series, probably a trilogy
- The Impostor and Other Dark Tales
- Currently with beta readers
- Scheduled for release October 2021!
- The She-Wolf of Kanta
- Wolves of Kanta #1
- Scheduled for re-release in 2022
It’s sure to be a busy year, and it’s already started off pretty darn busy. It’s going to take a lot of learning, a lot of writing, and a heck of a lot of editing, but I’m excited to see where this all goes!
If you want to follow my progress, check out my mailing list or follow me on all the social media channels. I’ll be posting regular updates and sneak peeks as I continue on this journey.