It’s hard to believe it’s already March. It seems like only yesterday I launched this blog to focus exclusively on my fiction writing, and announced my huge 2013 goal of producing and publishing an eBook every month for a year.
The first two months, I was really scrambling just to write, edit, do cover designs, and figure out how to publish on Smashwords and Amazon. Now that I think I’m getting the hang of that, I’m going to try to post more here.
With all that out of the way, I’m pleased to announce, in advance for once, my March eBook. The title is Black Water: A Monster Mashup Tale.
Black Water is a bit of a diversion for me. It’s going to be something of a mashup of a few different things I love: contemporary fantasy*/paranormal romance, and classic Universal Horror monster tales. That’s why I’m calling it a “Monster Mashup Tale.”
It’s going to have a much different feel from my steampunk fairy tales. It’s set in the present day, and as far as I know, there aren’t going to be any big exploding machines.
What will there be? A near-drowning, a rescue, an amnesiac who isn’t sure she wants to remember who she was, and a Romanian selkie from the Black Sea.
Confession: I’m getting a bit of a boost on this book. I’m taking a former NaNoWriMo project, reworking it substantially, and finishing it. Frankly, I needed the help because I’m going out of town to SXSW next week for work, I’m also working on a piece for submission, and oh, I don’t know, I have this husband, a couple of kids and a pug who irrationally expect some of my time and attention. So don’t hate on me, man. I’m just a girl with a dream.
So, keep your eyes peeled, kids. This one has me a little scared.
*I tend to agree with Hoosier horror writer Maurice Broaddus, who says that “urban fantasy” should mean what “urban” means when applied to music or any other cultural element. In other words, “fantasy in the ‘hood.” Most “urban fantasy” books have predominantly white characters, and some of them are not even set anywhere near a real urban environment. I tend to think “contemporary fantasy” or “modern fantasy” is clearer, unless like Maurice, you’re actually writing an inner-city version of the Arthurian legends.