Well it was a brief break according to the calendar. But those 14 days away felt like six months. It was wonderful, refreshing, and resetting. And enough happened during those 14 days that the extra time is completely justified. Even taking away that I was in Peru hiking to Machu Picchu and then on an excursion down to the Lake Titicaca, including a tour of the islands, not to mention so many other day trips and adventures, well besides all of THAT, Born of Water hit #2 in fantasy on Amazon while I was away. Plus two great five star reviews came in, one for Born of Water and the other for Spirit of Life.
It was a great spate of time away and a wonderful little adventure that inspired ideas for writing and fed hopes for the future. And while doing all of that, I even fit it some editing and writing! Maybe not as much as when I’m home, but there was writing going on nonetheless!
Now that I’m back, the writing and editing is going in pretty full gear as I try to re-accustom myself to this day job thing again. Sitting in front of a computer for 8 hours after hiking the Inca Trail is not an easy switch! And then to go home and write… well, I’m surprised I’m getting as much done as I am actually.
Right now I’m in what should be my final round of edits for After the War, book 1 of the Friends of my Enemy dystopian trilogy. I hope to send that off to my publisher, Creativia, around the end of the month. While I’m working on those edits, I’m also writing chapter 20 of the Battle for Europe, book 2 of the same series. I have that book well outlined until the end at chapter 33. I’m close to the 2/3 mark and could have the writing wrapped up by mid to late January.
And when I need a break from the dystopian war unfolding in that saga, I switch to Sparks of Defiance, book 1 of my new epic fantasy trilogy Games of Fire. This is a new series set in the same world as Born of Water. I spent quite a lot of time while visiting the floating islands on Lake Titicaca thinking of this story, since it visits the Marsh of Isha. The setting was perfect for the novel! There are still a few pieces to fit together in its plot, but I’m only at chapter 12 out of what will easily top 30 – probably running closer to 40 chapters. So only around a 1/4 of the way there and plenty of time for those last pieces to click.
I hope to have an update on the editing and release of Stories from the War, the compilation of short stories that begin Friends of my Enemy soon. So stay tuned for that! Thanks for stopping bye, say hi while you are here, and enjoy!
“Great finish for a Great Trilogy!” – New 5 star review on Amazon for Spirit of Life!
“The reader is taken to those fantastical places populated by fantastical creatures, courtesy of Autumn Birt’s unerring knack of description, and the heroes and heroines come alive thanks to realistic dialogue.” – Stewart 5 stars on Amazon
“Just finished Born of Water book 1. Amazing, can’t wait to read the next one. Instant fan, keep up the amazing work!!!” – Edward Brady
“I read a lot of fantasy and I’d rate this as a great new author and a great new story! I can not WAIT for the next book and will check back often for it!” – Katy Reany 5 stars on Amazon
“I would recommend it to fantasy adventure fans, those who like a little romance, and anyone who is a fan of magic! I know I will read the next installment!” – W. Stuart 4 stars on Amazon
“I loved two battle scenes in particular. The battle at the Temple of Dust and the battle at the Temple of Wind. Fire versus water. Air versus Earth. Thrilling!” – Futureboy 4 stars on Amazon
“I’m biased, because this is exactly my sort of book. But maybe that bias should make me more critical…but there is absolutely nothing to dislike about Born Of Water…We’re not simply reading about this quest…we’re there with them.” – Stewart Bint 5 stars on Smashwords
“I’m halfway through Rule of Fire and I’m already looking for news of the next book. I’ll admit to being a fantasy addict, which means I’ve read an awful lot of books over the years from Tolkien onwards and I can honestly say your storytelling and character development are up there with the best of them. Keep writing (please!).” – Ian Leggattby Autumn Birt