The year 2013 was a tough one, in that I didn’t have as much time to write as I wanted. Right after the first of the year, I started in on the second Astrid Maxxim book. Looking back, it seems as if books 1 and 2 were right next to each other, but there was actually almost two years between writing the two.
As with the first book in the series, Astrid Maxxim and her Undersea Dome came relatively quickly. The books are short, and though I try to make them more complex than they might at first seem, they aren’t overly complicated. I was very happy with the final story though.
As soon as I was done with Astrid Maxxim, it was time to get back to Mike and Patience in the new robot book. This one took me quite a while to write. It was originally plotted at 80,000 words, but it was really slow. Revising it took it down to just under 50,000 words. Many people wanted a new Patience story, so that’s what I was writing, but when I was done, I really wished I had focused more on the new robot Wanda.
When I was done, I spent months working on a new book series 82 Eridani. I got about half of the first novel done, but kind of ran out of steam in it. I really like what I’ve written so far, so I will get back to it.
Finally in the last part of the year, I started working on The Sorceress and her Lovers. My wife asked me again and again to change the title, but I just liked it and thought it fit the story. Of course it doesn’t have a great deal of sex in it, so it might be a bit misleading there, and the reader has to figure out who the other lover is.