Fall/winter 2014 will be the most busy I have ever been in my life for a consistent nine weeks. I’m not complaining, but just letting all of you know, and also assuring myself that I’ll be alright and I’ll survive it. But this isn’t about all of the work I’m going to be doing. This is about the work that I won’t have time to do.
When I became a writer, I wanted to tell a story. I wanted to write something that people would enjoy reading. When I first started Abilities, I just wanted something fun. I didn’t want nor did I expect to win any literary awards or place #1 on Amazon’s best seller’s list. I just wanted something that people would enjoy reading. Did I accomplish that? It remains to be seen.
I’ve got a great following of “fans.” My family has done a great job supporting me and reading my books even if the topic or genre interests them. My friends have done a great job reading my stuff and sharing it with other people that might like it. My publishers have done a great job spreading my name around to mean that I might actually have some fans out there that don’t have any ties to me at all. It is a great feeling.
But for now, I must hang up the coat. For good? No, never. Am I going to stop everything completely? No, never. I do plan on doing some outlining and some serious planning, but will not be writing anything for a few months.
October 6th I start student teaching so I can one day soon teach writing to young kids that may dream of being an author. That will go until January. Until then, you will not see me doing or posting anything about my major books. I do have a small series called CODE, but even that will not be self-published as regularly as they had been in August and September.
Why you ask? Because I refuse to put out anything that is less than fantastic.
My two babies are almost all grown up. Abilities 3 will be out later in the winter/spring which means I only have one more book in the Abilities series before the saga is completed. Dead Last 3 is the next volume in my Dead Last series and while I’ve done some work with it, it wasn’t what I wanted so I’m starting from scratch.
Abilities 3 is great. Looking at Abilities 1 and where I came from to now CODE and Abilities 3, I see growth and I can only hope that all of you do as well. But there is still so much more to go. I am still only a new member in the Lolli Pop Guild and I want to be a Yao Ming ;)
So I can only promise you now that I will put every creative bone in my body to work on A4 and DL3. I want them to blow the roof off the house of books. I will spend every free second of my time not writing these books, but outlining and planning and sketching ideas of where these stories will end and where they will go.
I want my readers to root for the bad guys. I want them to weep when a character they hate dies. They won’t like it, they won’t even know why they’re doing it, but they will. They’ll hate themselves for crying over such a monster, but they do it because it’s not been a character in a book, but somebody that they’ve envisioned in their head. Somebody in their life. We all relate to characters in books. We all know somebody in our lives that is similar to another character. And I want my readers to feel every emotion there is. From sadness and happiness, to pain and arousal ;) Yes, yes.
I’ve been writing for 2 years this October 30th and I’ve got 6 books out by the end of the year…For somebody trying to get that big break, it is important to write write write until somebody notices “Oh, Marc Quaranta has 30 books outs, we need to look at him.”
I did that. For 2 years I wrote and wrote and wrote.
But now I’m not writing for my big break…
I’m NOT writing because two books, Abilities and Dead Last, changed my life forever and instead of rushing out what could be great, I’m sending them off as best as I can. All good things must come to an end, but nothing ends if they’re remembered forever.
Stay tuned for Abilities 3
And coming in 2015/2016 The unimaginable ending of the Abilities saga and the next chapter in the Dead Last stories.