Lately, I’ve been trying to pump myself up to the momentous task of completing my third novel. Why am I dragging my feet? Well, this is the final installation and part of me doesn’t want to say goodbye to these characters and also I know it’s going to be an emotional rollercoaster.
A Raven’s Touch is about Justice St. Michaels finding out some crazy things about her family and her own humanity. There’s a lot of self awareness the character delves into and she comes out of the ashes fighting. In A Raven’s Revenge, Justice is stronger for having lived through the first book, but literally taking on Hell with the help of her friends. She encounters demons, but nothing prepares her for when she comes across the suicide level of Hell. It’s particularly upsetting. Let’s say the ending is Game of Thrones inspired and it’s one heart ache after another. The third book, it’s going to be an all out war against Heaven and Hell battling it out in Acana (sort of a middle earth). How do I begin to encompass God’s army of angels? How can I describe their beauty and grace? Do I involve the Blessed Mother in this? Do I call upon her spouse, Joseph, Terror of Demons? How am I going to tie all of this together?
I also introduce a new character named Jan. She is special as she’s based on a real life person; Jan is the dearly departed wife of a friend. I absolutely love X-Men, so she’s given powers that would make any comic lover jump for joy. To work Jan into the story this late in the game is a task in itself, but I think I’ve managed to do that.
Needless to say, I’ve been procrastinating and entertaining myself with some short stories till I work up the courage to “slay my own dragon”. Some of these short stories also have the look and feel of a full length novel. So, where does it stop? Does everything go longform into a book or is a short story good enough? Hard to say. While I was writing A Raven’s Revenge, I started working on a dystopian time travel story and that’s 10 chapters long, roughly 10,000 words! Some short story. And it’s not even close to being done, so that’s on its way to becoming a novel for sure (at some point).
Currently, I have this short story that’s only 5 chapters and I absolutely love it. The main character, her name is Maddy, is clawing her way out of Hell and realizing her father may not be the man she thinks he is. It’s got a southern twang to it that I didn’t expect and I seriously cannot stop thinking about how much I love this character because she’s a good girl gone bad and she wants revenge. I sense a theme here…
Apparently, all I can write about is Christian girls who wants revenge. Good or bad, that’s what I’m doing and if that’s what excites me, well, I guess that’s my thing.
Anyway, if you want to read the first four chapters, feel free to join my reader’s group. I have it posted in the files. https://www.facebook.com/groups/lindasbloodletters/
This is the image that inspired me to write the story. It was a writing prompt in a horror group that I belong to on Facebook. At first, I wrote a few paragraphs on my phone while on the subway on my way to work, but when I got in front of a computer it just came flooding out. Something about this spoke to me and I couldn’t get the idea out of my mind. If you join the group, I’d love to hear your thoughts because it has a permanent home in mine.