Have you ever noticed that as soon as you say you’ll never do something, you end up doing it anyway? I’m experiencing that right now.
In 2015, I signed a deal to publish my Knights of the Saltire 7-book series with my new publisher, Progressive Rising Phoenix Press. In my mind, this was a complete series spanning three generations of modern-day knights who were dedicated to helping others obtain justice but without becoming vigilantes in the process. I was convinced that I’d never write another book for the series, even though I had created a vehicle for a book series that could have dozens of volumes. I felt that I had taken the characters as far as I could.
However, in October 2016, an idea came to me for an eighth book in the series. In the first seven books, I had dealt with thieves, murderers, stalkers, rapists, drug dealers, smugglers, corrupt politicians trying to take over the government, arms dealers, mercenaries, foreign and domestic terrorists, crooked cops, and counterfeiters. But there was one crime that I had never written about, and it’s such a scourge on humanity that I believed it was the perfect material to include in the series: human trafficking.
After months of research on the subject, I put the project aside to let the ideas percolate in my mind. Over the next year, I periodically revised my outlines and notes until I felt that I knew what story I wanted to tell. Then in January 2018, I started writing. The first draft took twenty days to write (one to two chapters a day for three weeks). I have to admit, I was proud of the first draft. To my surprise and delight, the integrity of the first draft survived the next two months of revisions with my editor and critique group members, and the final draft was completed and submitted to my publisher this week.
While I am very proud of every book in the Knights of the Saltire series, this new book may be the best. I have matured as a writer since I first began writing the series in 2009, and the feedback I have received on this volume reinforces my belief that my writing has improve significantly.
So without further fanfare, I am pleased to announce that The Legacy Enslaved – Book 8 of the Knights of the Saltire Series is complete and should be in publication soon. Watch for announcements regarding the release date.