I can't believe that this day has finally come.
If you had told my eleven-year-old self that my new baby of an idea would never actually be performed as a play, I probably would have been devastated. Learning that instead, I would completely rework the idea so that it was almost unrecognizable and publish it as a 500-page epic ... probably would have felt like a mere consolation prize.
But that was ten years ago, and right now, I'm pretty happy with the idea. I'd still love to see it produced as a movie, but I'm quite happy with my consolation prize.
Ah, the journey that this story has been!
From that first notebook where I thought it'd be fun to not use Character tags and just color code everyone instead. The notebook where Ashna ran out of nowhere declaring that she believed Petra. The draft I later threw away because I was stupid.
The hesitant notebooks where I experimented with new ideas - including one where Petra and Lulu went to Arcaland (what we called Rizkaland back then) together. Notebooks that must have also been thrown away, because I have no idea where they are.
The story games that my sister and I did, including the one where we threw all our stuffed animals in laundry baskets and flew to the ... I don't remember what we'd named the place at the time, but it was the equivalent of the stone table. I don't know if we'd graduated to the Iron Nouse by that point or not.
The oldest draft that I still own, the one that made it half-way through the second act (it was a three-act play), before my mother told me that I needed to distance the story from Narnia, and I went on a Narnia AND Arcaland for nearly six months where a read a slew of other great fantasy novels. Can't remember what they were, though, outside of the Secrets of Droon series.
The first draft that I finally finished, the draft where winter became summer, and the witch became a dragon. The last draft with the iron nouse before I decided THAT was too close to Narnia.
The last draft with the all-girl cast, the draft where Amber finally received a name. I think this was the draft where Susie's name changed to Summer, and Lulu to Louise. Might have been the previous draft, though.
The draft where I added the love interests, who were little more than hunks of cardboard. The draft where Ashna and Petra went from best friends to ... not. The draft where I realized that I'd made the story far too complicated and it had gravitated so far from the original concept that turning the story back into a book would probably be my best option.
That first story draft. Which started out as a straight-up adaptation of the script, but then plot twists started happening and by the time I was done, it was a huge mess and I knew that the only I had for it was a rewrite.
The computer draft that made it about half-way before I randomly deleted it.
The other computer attempts that never made it out of the first chapter.
The roleplay where I let Amber win.
The notebook draft where I finally began the story in earnest after five years of semi-hiatus. I didn't finish this draft, but I did learn some things about certain characters that made writing the final draft so much easier.
And finally, that final draft. It had its ups, its downs, and I even pulled an allnighter trying to get through part 2. I laughed, I nearly cried. I brought together a group of beta readers who were just so encouraging.
And now we've come to the release. And ... I still can't believe that the day has come.
Excuse me while I go scream.
Paperback - Yes, it's out. And get it now while it's $14.99, because after the tour is over, it'll go up to $19.99 because it's a big book and I can't put it in the Expanded distribution otherwise.
Check out my stops on the tour:
Elvish Pens, Fantastic Writings - Summer
Ketura's Korner - Review and Author Interview
I'm doing a giveaway, as per normal for a tour. Prize is an autographed copy of LDTD, a 2.5 oz bottle of Citrus Bliss Lotion - my favorite lotion that smells like citrus and vanilla - and a Serenity Bath Bar - which smells like lavender and vanilla and is awesome for relaxing before bed. Giveaway is US ONLY, however. Sorry about that, but ... shipping.
I'm also doing a comment giveaway. The person who leaves the most comments on the blog tour posts - including the interviews, reviews, and guest posts - and my back posts with the Lady Dragon Tela Du or Rizkaland Legend lables will get a sneak peak at either book three or Worth of a King. Possibly both. I'm generous. This giveaway is international, because there is no shipping. (Well, there may be shipping, on your end, once you get the book, but I don't have to pay for it.)
So start commenting!
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