Charting Fear

Hey--I've got a new book out. Solitary. Buy it. Share it with friends. Spread the word if you like it.

Okay, got that out of my system. At least for tonight.

Wanted to share something I'm going to do for book 2 of The Solitary Tales, Gravestone. I'm currently writing it and closing in on the finish. I'm feeling good about it, but know there's a lot more work that needs to be done, both before I actually write the last sentence and then after I hand it in to my editor.

One thing I'm going to start doing is charting the scary moments in Solitary. I know them but I want to chart them out and compare them to Gravestone. I don't want Gravestone to have a lot more or a lot less freaky scenes.

Writing is not a science and every book is different, including books in a series. I'm hoping that each book in this series will have a different flavor and different vibe. Yet I'm also wanting each book to give the reader a similar experience.

To be honest, I can't tell if Gravestone is darker and scarier than Solitary or not.

Thus the Fear Chart. We'll see how that goes.

I can say this. Book 3 will have less fear and a little more humor (believe it or not). And Book 4 will be terrifying.

That's the plan anyway.

But plans can always change.