This wasn’t my plan. I’d planned to take a year ‘off’ (well, it’s all relative!), and write a one-off novel that was a bit more light-hearted. But then the idea for the new trilogy came to me out of the blue, and I was smitten. Fortunately, so were my publishers: the first book will be coming out in 2015 with Usborne in the UK. As to what it’s about…well, it hasn’t been announced yet, so I’m staying somewhat mysterious. Let’s just say that while it’s not paranormal, I think fans of the Angel series will really enjoy it, and that it’s got my writing taste-buds tingling VERY hard.
Meanwhile, saying goodbye to Willow, Alex and Seb has been both easier and harder than I expected. Easier, because in terms of my writing-life it’s definitely time to move on. I’ve been writing the Angel series for the last four years; there are other things I want to explore, too. And I feel like I’ve given the characters a fitting ending, which helps – the series ended exactly the way I’d hoped it would (I don’t always have control over these things…just ask my characters!)
And it’s also harder than I thought, because I love Willow, Alex and Seb – along with all the other characters in the series. More than that, I know them inside and out. In any scene I wrote, I knew exactly how everyone would react. Feeling my way into my new series now, I’m often having the sense of, “Wait – who are you people?”
But I’m loving getting to know them.
So…enter Amity. And Collie, and Rafe. And Cora and Harlan. New characters who I’m just now getting to know and starting to fall madly in love with. Especially Amity, my new main character. Most of the new trilogy will be from her point of view, and she’s a very different character from Willow. I think I’m going to love her just as much.
I hope you will, too.