No, really, it is.
The massive project I’ve been working on for over two years is now complete. It has been a long, sometimes arduous journey, but I made it. This is my seventh novel, the fifth installment in the Suburban Vampire series (I didn’t include the Book of Origins, which would have made this the sixth in the series), titled Suburban Vampire Redemption. This is the project I quit early on, only to complete two other novel-length projects (the aforementioned Book of Origins and Thorn) before resuming. It was, at times, hard for me to write; I’ve mentioned previously in this blog that I had to tap some darker, more unpleasant parts of my memory in order to give this project life. In doing so, I created a beast of a story — Redemption is epic in scale, and the sheer length of this project supports that claim. It is a heavyweight, coming in at over 193,000 words (!), making it easily the largest and most ambitious writing project I’ve tackled to date. The real shocker is that it could have been longer — there were ideas I had for this novel that I decided to leave on the cutting room floor. Even so, Redemption ties up several plot lines that extended through the series, while leaving the story of Scott Campbell open to future development. I’m pretty proud of this project, and of the blood, sweat, and tears I put into it.
The question is, what now? Well, I don’t plan on resting on my laurels for long. I have plans for the future development of the Suburban Vampire series, including a few spin-offs. I also have plans for projects not related to Suburban Vampire, and, in fact, not even in the paranormal/supernatural/urban fantasy genre. There’s still a lot left to do, both for Scott Campbell and for yours truly.
I hope I’ll eventually get to publish this one, and that you will eventually read it. It’s pretty epic. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll thrill, you’ll geek out. Trust me on this; it was worth the effort for me to write, it’ll be worth the wait to read.