"Yo, Kelly. It's been two years since you've released a book. What gives?"
Or, 'the big question', as my lovely editor has so eloquently phrased it.I described in depth the personal issues regarding this question on my Dreamwidth blog. But I doubt many of you have access to such. So, here's the shortened version:
Wow, that's super vague. Let me explain. In the past year alone, my life has undergone new changes. A new career. New schedule. New relationship. Engagement. Several different living arrangements. It's been an adjustment period, to say the least.
I'll spare you of the super personal details that comprised my life during the year 2016. Back to books--
That's not to say that there has been no progress made. Because there has. It just hasn't been significant. And I'm sorry for that.
There are two projects I attempted to work on simultaneously. The Midwinter Fairytale and Queen of the Pyre. My plan was to finish the former first. And, I did. In a sense. It was been much evolved since it's original conception. I wanted to work on something different from The Silver Crown series, start new projects. For some reason, I felt as though Midwinter was the answer.
Much time has passed since that frame of mind, and I am disinclined to agree with my former self. Putting it simply, it's been difficult editing, and I think that stems from my own detachment and the new style I tried for this book. And I am not so sure that I achieved the effect I initially desired. I know that I haven't.
Meanwhile, Queen has sat in its lonely folder at about 18k words, as I worked on it off and on again. Then when Midwinter became *mostly* completed, it seemed to demand my attention. Then I felt guilty for not completing Midwinter, and then I felt guilty for not completing anything.
The editing process began, and instead of completing the final touches of Midwinter, I worked on Queen. And then I worked on it some. And then I worked on it some more. And then when I would read through Midwinter's draft for edits, I found just how much I had grown apart from it.
So I had conversation with my editor. It was hard for me to give up on something. But I haven't *given up* on this. I've placed it on hold for the moment so I can focus my energy on Queen. Because if I wasn't feeling it for Midwinter, how could I expect anyone--my editor, my readers, to feel it? It wouldn't be a fair expectation. I know I can make it better. I didn't settle on Archer's first draft and rightly so. I thought that maybe with the new style I had attempted for Midwinter I could get a product out faster. But a quicker product is no substitute for the BEST product.
So, I'm going to be moving forward with Queen. I've teased it enough. I want to get it out as soon as possible. And I will update when I have news on that. Thank you all for your patience with my endeavors! <3