Plots and Plans

Hi everyone! I know it’s been a bit. Life is C-R-A-Z-Y at the moment, between school, marching season, edits, and the day job. I love being busy, but this might be a little much.

Part of being a writer who has an additional career (part-time or full-time) or kids, or dogs, or…well, a life, means that you constantly have to reconfigure your schedule depending on what deadlines are coming, what’s going on outside your writer-cave, and–to be brutally honest–what’s selling. It’s a juggling act, and at times you have to make decisions between two projects.

There are some authors who can work in two projects at once, but I’ve struggled whenever I tried. If I’m working on a manuscript, I need to devote my whole attention to it, or both projects will suffer. I’m also a hybrid-author–both traditionally published and self-published. Which means there are contracts and hard deadlines for most of my projects. Now–I LOVE deadlines (nope, no sarcasm) because it forces me to plan out my schedule and gives me the nudge toward outlining because I’d rather write by the seat of my pants, which isn’t terribly efficient. But sometimes deadlines clash.

Which is exactly where I am now.

I currently have three books on order with Entangled–projects I’m super excited about and will be a lot of fun to work on. I’m also only a third of the way through the final book in the Uprising trilogy. That book is taking some serious time, and will be very intricate in order to tie down all the loose ends. I love that book, too, but it’s a beast, and that’s no lie. So, the crux is this–I have some aggressive deadlines with Entangled and those projects are going to take up most of 2016 into early 2017. Given that, and how much focus U3 will take, I’ve made the super hard decision to delay U3 into mid/late 2017. I won’t give a hard date at this time, but I anticipate mid-fall. I don’t want to do it a disservice by giving it part of my attention, and I don’t want the Entangled books to suffer because I have an outside project.

I know that decision leaves some of you frustrated with the wait to complete Lexa and Quinn’s story, but this delay means I can really do it justice. They have a lot on their plate–planning a revolution is hard work, even for two nex-gen artificials. So, I’m going to give them a bit of a vacation, then come back swinging early next year. I hope you’ll join me, even with the delay, because this final book has some pretty huge twists and turns.

I appreciate every single person who’s read any of my books–y’all are the reason I can continue doing what I love. Thanks for hanging in with me as these new books take shape.

Also–I need to bulk up my TBR pile. I’m looking primarily at contemporary and SciFi/Fantasy YA, but I’ll read adult fiction in those categories, too (no horror, please, I’m a lightweight when it comes to gore). What’s good to read out there?


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