I promised a post today and, by God, I’m going to write one today. This is part of my month-long release party for the next of the Starfire Angels series and the first of the new sub-series, Revelations. I was going to write about writing and I’ll be darned if my brain switched off all day after finishing an editing pass on another story. Such is the hardship of writing, besides the long hours alone with all the voices in your head and the endless self-punishment of forcing yourself to sweat blood to finish the damn project, because the fans are waiting
I never thought I’d have fans. I always hoped, but I never thought it would happen, yet here we are. Your presence makes me all giggly like a school girl. Your expressions of support keep me going.
And so, here we are, embarking on the launch of yet another book in the series you love, or at least most of you. I’m sure some like my darker fantasy works, but the reason I’m here and staying is because of Starfire Angels. Soriel is the–let me count–sixth novel of the series and the seventh book (counting When Angels Cry, which is novella length). I can’t believe how you’ve kept me going. I can’t believe that readers like my books! This just blows my mind.
I wrote Starfire Angels in a frenzy, because I couldn’t not write it. And then a year later I rewrote the original story from scratch and that was the start of Elis and Raea’s journey. And then I still couldn’t end it, so I went on to write Broken Wings, after several false starts. Then I saw interest growing, so I went on to write Crystal Tomb. By then, Starfire Angels was free and downloads exploded, and the boat really lifted with a tide that carried me away with you. So many readers loved Elis that I had to write his story, so I did. That became Origins of Dark Angel. I used what I had learned of his background in that one to set the foundation of Forever Dark. And that’s where I knew I had to take a break from their stories. As someone pointed out to me, I needed to give these two characters a break. They had suffered enough.
Right now, Elis and Raea are enjoying some peace in their lives. You can imagine what they must be going through as expectant parents. Oops! I didn’t mean to give out any spoilers, but I’m assuming anyone reading this has already gobbled up the Dark Angel Chronicles. Yes, Raea is preggers and Elis has finally come to terms with losing his family. It’s not a perfect ending, but it’s a satisfying place to leave them…for a while.
Soriel is the first of a new series that covers other characters. I knew I had to end the Dark Angel Chronicles on a high note, leaving readers wanting more, because I won’t risk my series sliding downhill in quality. I won’t write it into the ground, so to speak. It’s not fair to you or to me. So, the story will step away to explore other aspects of the Starfire-verse, and in this case, that means an answer to what has really been going on in San Francisco. You’ve been privy to conversations with Loran Tarolis of NeoGen Labs. When I wrote those, I wasn’t exactly sure where that was leading, so I left things obscure. I knew I’d have to go into detail at some point, so this is that reveal. Soriel is the key to another way the Shirukan hope to eliminate the Keepers, but that’s all I’m saying here.
I planted seeds along the way of writing the five books of the Dark Angel Chronicles sub-series. You’ll notice that I also write epic fantasy. I think in broad terms of a larger storyline. I never expected this, but I always knew that there was far more going on than the narrow focus of Raea and Elis. It’s why she started out being one of four Crystal Keepers rather than the only one. I wanted to give this world a greater breadth than one mighty savior. And every character has their own motivations derived from their own circumstances, which is affected by others who are affected by still others and on and on. The possibilities this creates are endless. I’ve always seen enormous potential for expanding.
In future books, I will be revealing more about Valdas and Marin. And you better believe the angels will be fighting over Earth! I plan a big finish of this part. You’ll also get to see Elis and Raea again, but they won’t be the main event. Revelations is about something much bigger than them. It will bring about the apocalypse, so I’m sticking with the Biblical theme for the series title.
Before that, however, I already have a shorter story planned. I’m not sure if I’ll stretch it into a novella or leave it as a short. I do know that later this summer I will be releasing that short story that will take place shortly after Soriel and reveal something far greater than even the characters are aware.
You’ve asked for more and I plan to give it. I hope you like my vision of new main characters as much as you’ve enjoyed other characters. I won’t let a series sink after rising so high. That’s my promise to you. It may not be what you expect, but I’m going to do my best to take you on an exciting ride!
I am giving away prizes for two more weeks. Comment on this post for a chance to win a 4″x6″ Soriel magnet from my zazzle store and a gift bag (see www.melanienilles.com for details on that). Because I’ve posted so late, I’ll draw a winner on the 17th.
Thanks for reading!