Between novels, the way that I relax from writing novels is to write other novels. Between the publication of Boogie House and starting the second draft of The Devil Came Calling, I worked on a halfway YA novel called Playing Dead, which is about video games and skipping high school to play video games.
I wrote a 70K word draft last spring and then set the book aside. It kind of worked but wasn’t anywhere near publishable. Welp, in the wake of finishing The Devil Came Calling, I’ve been writing consistently on that book. I cut about half of it — 35K words went into the garbage — and reconstructed it from the ground up, from the point at which I thought it stopped going where I thought it should.
Now, it’s 110,208 words of a book that I’d actually want to put in people’s hands, so that’s exactly what I’m going to do. Playing Dead still needs a HUGE edit — there are minor gaps in the story and basic editing that needs to happen — but my plan is to edit and release this book in 2016, along with the third Rolson McKane novel.
I will be offering an open beta on the book for people who want to read / comment on it. Since this book is about a video game, I thought I would treat the editing process and publication like a video game, as well.
I’ll have more updates in the future, but just know that Playing Dead is on the radar and will be set for a 2016 release. Hey-oh!