Monday, December 21, 2015

Looking Back at 2015 (Part 1)

It's been a "nose to the grindstone" couple months, but with 2015 winding down, I decided to take a couple posts to reflect on my creative output for the year, both on the book front and the podcast front.

In March of 2015, I released the third book in my Parted Veil horror series, Lovecraft's Pupil. This book is a real turning point for the series, as the story is taking on a some real dark fantasy elements. I already have the first draft of the next installment done, and I drafted a novella in April that ties into the series as well, so there will be plenty more Parted Veil to come in 2016.

Right after I finished drafting the aforementioned novella, Jolene Haley and I decided to write a book together. We started working on it in May, and after busting our butts for the next several months, we released Harrowed into the world in September. Our goal was to create a young adult slasher story they captured the feel of some of our favorite horror movies growing up. If the reviews we've gotten so far are any indication, we succeeded. The Woodsview Harvester is a character that everyone who reads the books is talking about, and he's drawn comparisons to some of our favorite slashers from the '80s. Jolene and I could not be more happy with the response to this book, and we're already working on the next installment of the Woodsview Murders series.

And speaking of that, we're about 30,000 words into the next Woodsview Murders book. I' not going to give any of the details away, except to say that college will prove to be even more deadly than high school was for our characters.

Jolene and I had so much fun with Harrowed that we decided to start another YA horror series. This one's called Orchard Pointe, and we are almost done with the draft of the first book. The tone is a bit different than the Woodsview Murders series, but there's plenty of scares and some characters we hope people will dig as much as they have our Woodsview crew. We will be talking about quite a bit in the New Year, so stay tuned for that.

So, two books released, and another three either drafted or in progress. It was a good year for me from a writing standpoint, and 2016 looks to be even better.

Later this week I'll be posting about the podcasting projects I was a part of this year.