The Price of Magic, Senta and the Steel Dragon Book 7, was set up in book 6. Reading through them, they really feel like parts one and two of a story arc, although that wasn’t quite the way I planned it. I wanted it to be a bit more open-ended.
The Price of Magic was much easier to write than The Sorceress and her Lovers. It’s probably the longest book that I’ve written straight through without stopping. I had just finished His Robot Girlfriend: Charity and started in on Astrid Maxxim and the Electric Racecar Challenge, stopped that and wrote a bit on Kanana the Jungle Girl. Finally, I set all that aside and jumped back into Birmisia and Senta, and it seemed like that was what I was meant to be writing.
Perhaps what made it so much fun to write was that I was dealing with Iolana Dechantagne Staff as a fourteen-year-old. I seem to be making a career of writing about teen girls– between Senta in The Drache Girl and Astrid Maxxim. In any case, I really enjoyed writing Iolana’s portions of the book as well as Tokkenoht’s. She had not been one of the primary characters up until this point.
When I finished, the pieces of the next book just fell into place. I sat down and wrote out a very complete outline for it. I’m kind of itching to get started on it. As usual, this story will follow five characters, two of them we know, but have not seen the world from their point of view before. Another has been a primary character, but not for several books. Mostly I’m excited because there are lot’s of “oh my God!” moments for long-time readers of the series. I’ve mentioned the title before– A Plague of Wizards.