I mentioned to someone once that I was planning two books for my Peace of Evon series: Missing Heir and Lost King. Their response was that I seemed to have trouble keeping track of my nobles.
Keeping track of the nobles in my worlds has never really been my problem, fortunately. Time, on the other hand, is a different story. Like many people, time has a way of slipping away from me before I can accomplish all that I hope to. Or, more accurately, things are never as simple as I plan, and they, therefore, take longer to achieve.
I published my first book, Peace of Evon: Missing Heir, in December 2013. At the time, I had only planned for the series to span two books, as I mentioned before. My plan was to finish the series within a year (which I laugh to think about now) and continue on with other stories.
Well, good intentions and all that.
The Peace of Evon series actually began as a single story, an idea for a single book. But, as most creators know, a single idea can grow much larger than anticipated. So is it really any surprise that, after a single story turned into a two-book series, the Peace of Evon series is now expected to be a quartet?
Not really. These days, it just seems obvious.
When I hit the half-way point of my story, I realized it would be too long to fit into a single book. Even then, the story was already 200,000 words long. At the time, my father asked if I could divide it into a trilogy (the number three seems to have become quite popular in literature these days). I said no; while the story covered three months, there was no good way to divide it into three.
A few months after I published Missing Heir, I spoke with a small publishing company. When they asked if I could break it up, I came to a sudden, jarring revelation: I might no be able to break the story in three, but it had the perfect subplots to divide it into four.
Which included breaking Missing Heir into two books.
By now, Missing Heir is retired, and in its place I have published the first two books of the Peace of Evon series: Peace of Evon and Gift of War.
And so the road of creativity winds.
After months of little tweaks, new covers, and seemingly endless publishing, I am proud to announce that, not only is the reconstruction debacle of Missing Heir finally complete, but the third book of the Peace of Evon series (and the promised sequel to the original Missing Heir) is finally available in both paperback and ebook.
As of March 31, 2015, Evon has found her Lost King.
Now if only I can get her to remember her Forgotten Goddess.