…but the name changes. As you might know, I’m working on a new young adult modern-fantasy/horror novel. Alexandra “Alyx” Williams is a rebellious Korean-American high school senior who loves motorcycles, sketching, retro hard rock, and her boyfriend Sam. When Sam is abducted by a shapeshifting hag and dragged off to a nightmare realm, Alyx pursues, bent on rescuing him no matter what terrors she has to face.
Told from Alyx’s point of view, this novel has monsters you won’t find anywhere else, complex and vivid characters, “classic rock” references—and a new name! The working title had been In Lonely Lands (a nod to Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s poem “The Eagle”), but now is This Wasted Land. If that made you think of T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land,” you’re on the right track, but it also quotes an epic Led Zeppelin song.
Good Things Come to Those Who Wait. I’ve finished 10 out of 21 planned chapters of This Wasted Land. Originally, I had hoped to publish it in December, but the Dreaded Real Life ™ has delayed me (For example, re-doing the floors in my home has eaten a lot of my spare time).
A lot of people are eagerly looking forward to TWL, but I don’t want to rush it and release something I’m not proud of. After revising the schedule, I believe I can get it out no later than May 1 of next year. So look for This Wasted Land in Spring, 2017. You can follow my progress here and my Facebook page.
Nervous About Public Speaking? I used to be, too. If you’d like some tips on overcoming anxiety about speaking to groups, come to my presentation on Saturday, September 17, from 10:00 am to noon at the Kent Island Branch of the Queen Anne’s County Public Library. I’ll be speaking to the Eastern Shore Writers Association about what’s worked for me in selling books, but a big part of that involves overcoming one’s fears about meeting and talking to lots of people.
And if you’ve ever considered writing and publishing, I’ll be glad to share with you what I’ve learned. Plus, you’ll get the chance to meet some Eastern Shore authors and scope out their great books. I hope to see you there!
Gearing Up For the Holidays. Christmas is coming, and books make great gifts. If you live on the Eastern Shore, I’ll be at the Artisans Bazaar at St. Christopher’s Catholic Church on November 12 from 10 am to 3 pm. I’ll also be at the 20th annual Heck with the Malls! on December 3 from 9 am to 2 pm. In addition to selling the books I’ve already published, I’ll tell you about This Wasted Land.
If you don’t live on the Eastern Shore but you’d like some signed copies, e-mail me (kentonkilgoreATkentonkilgoreDOTcom) and we’ll work something out.
Reviews: More Important Than You Might Think. I need your help! Research has shown that reviews on Amazon are a major factor in the success of authors and their books. So if you’ve enjoyed Lost Dogs, my first novel Dragontamer’s Daughters, or my children’s book Our Wild Place, please click on the link and leave an honest review.