Ten years ago I started my writing career (or vocation, to be more true to my mindset and way of thinking). The same amount of time – more or less if you ignore the Swift Escape excursion – it took to write the Descendants of Earth trilogy. I knew from the start that it would need three books, as the story couldn’t have been told in one.
Except that it could.
But this in turn would mean that I would be writing complete story behind the closed doors, for ten years, and then published it in one large book of some hypothetical 850 pages.
But I didn’t have patience for this.
As soon as my first book was out, I wanted to share it with the world.
I wanted to share it with you!
So this hypothetical “all in one” book, that should hypothetically have 850 pages, is not so hypothetical any longer.
It is time to celebrate. Not only is one book out, but the whole “Descendants of Earth” trilogy is finally complete. Yeey! I am so happy to have it finished. Clearly, the story was roughly there from the start. Those of you who finished the trilogy will know that I sprinkled clues from the beginning on, and they all, hopefully very rewardingly, wrap up in the end.
Considering that “The Senthien” took 6 years to write and “The Mind” 2, “The Vision” was surprisingly faster, only one and a half years from start to finish. (I have author friends who publish 3 books per year, I know, but this is my best timing!) Knowing my pace, I anticipated the book will be out February or March 2022, but I am really happy that the first draft was done pretty quickly and also that the post-production eg, editing process, was done within the “usual” 6 months I had anticipated. No bad surprises there 😉 Which means that “The Vision” came out before Christmas!
I wish I could celebrate this with you, my readers. Especially those of you who read “The Senthien” when it came out, 6 years ago (Ouch! So sorry for the delay). I really do appreciate your patience and your determination to stay with the story and find out what will happen to Dora and J. And not only that, but what will happen to the whole Uni galaxy!
To tell you the truth, when I was writing the first book, I didn’t know this myself. I had a very clear picture of what will happen to Dora and J, including the whole Monica trajectory. And I was so thrilled with the plot line there! I can even tell you that this particular story bit happened while I was driving, with a snowstorm racking the windows of our car, as we were going to see friends in France, some three hours away. I consciously wasn’t thinking about the plot line at all at this moment, but somehow my subconscious did, because all of sudden I had an ending for them.
At any rate, while I knew exactly the story lines for my characters, the whole social and political ending, with millions of Descendants and Humans in Uni galaxy, didn’t have a clear future until only a few months before the first draft of “The Vision” was done. I had various possible futures for it, just like with Dora when the current situation is not clear, many future scenarios are possible as well. I didn’t want to do a book-genocide, but I also didn’t want to let them off the hook either. In the end, with many extremely useful discussions, probing questions and intriguing feedbacks, mainly from the two people, I found my ending. So, to Tom Brown and Jade Phipps, thank you for helping me find the future for Uni 🙂
The trilogy is done.
And as for me? It is time to say goodbye to “Descendants of Earth”, to all my lovely imaginary characters I spend 12 years with, and it’s time to move on. Time to start writing another book, setting up another adventure, getting to know my new characters.
I am so looking forward to my new adventure! I’m sure you will love it too 🙂
A few weeks ago, I promised I will tell you about three stages of book production. This was related to my “silence” before I had published “The Mind”, and for all of you who wondered why this was, here is the answer 🙂
Check out my new Vlog to find out what the phases are and which one I prefer the most!
The lockdown most of the countries now have due to Corona-virus has been a huge hit, not only on the economy, but on a mental health as well. Below, a link to my newest Vlog episode on how I deal with it myself. I hope you might find some tips and tricks useful for yourself as well.
What was my inspiration to write “The Senthien”, and when did it happen? Watch this video and find out!
—Spoiler alert– If you didn’t read “The Senthien” don’t watch this video, please. There are mysteries for my readers they need to find out on their own when reading the book. It would be a shame if you saw the answer to one of them before you even start with your Senthien adventure.
Five thousand years in the future, the Earth is dead. A galactic network of terraformed planets, connected by teleportation portals, is populated by the genetically improved Descendants. The original Humans, labeled dangerous and barbaric, are kept under constant surveillance.
In this seemingly peaceful society, Dora Dana Dasnan, a gifted Visionaire, serves the leading race of Descendants by reporting her Visions of the future. But when one of her Visions predicts the unthinkable — contact with a Human man — Dora’s carefully ordered life begins to unravel as she desperately tries to hide her thoughts from her masters. Continue reading “The Senthien”
Back from the dead. And not as a zombie as some of my youngest family members would like! 🙂
No, I am finally at the end of the long journey of writing my first book, “The Mind”. And the journey demanded a whole lot more than I thought when I was starting out. Continue reading “What is the book about?”