Let's be real for a minute. We all know that I'm an author. I write books, it's what I do. Being a writer is a creative process that I don't always have control over. What I mean by that, is that oftentimes - no matter my best efforts to keep some kind of order in my writing process - I am beholden to my subconscious. It's my subconscious that says, "Oh, that's what you want to do? Well, too bad! We're doing this instead." For the first handful of years that I was writing, it was this battle between my logical, organized side and my creative side that would cause me grief. Now, several years in, I gladly go where my creative side takes me because that's when I write my best work.

It's no great surprise to me, then, that after working on my Houses of Hades (HoH) trilogy in a diligent manner for a while, my creative mind took a different turn. Instead of being all into The House of Vermilion, I'm back into Vanished. For those of you who are new here, or just don't remember, Vanished was the book I began after I finished The Box. I wrote a few great chapters and then, my creative drive for it disappeared. Instead, I started thinking about the fantasy/mythos trilogy idea I had conjured up previously and ran with it. 

Similar to what happened about 2/3 of the way through The Box, I got the backstory laid out and a good start on the first book of HoH when my mind started drifting back towards Vanished. I went back in, read through what I wrote, and was pleased with what I saw. The wheels started turning, so once again, I'm back writing Vanished. Only this time, it has (like my already completed work) a new cover. Here's the cover reveal:

What do you think?

Now, granted, my life is pretty busy and hectic outside of my writing career, so I'm not writing at the speed with which I used to, and that's okay. What's important is that my creative drive for weaving tales is like a burning ember at the bottom of a fire: always there and difficult to put out. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for an excerpt.

I'd love to hear your thoughts, so comment below!


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