June 1 is the first day of Camp NaNoWriMo, round one, in which writers strive to complete 50,000 words of a novel–or a 50,000-word novel–within the space of one month. I have declared to many people my intention of competing, but I’m experiencing a certain, shall we say, concern that I may not actually be prepared to launch into book 3 of my Ash Grove trilogy of young adult paranormal romances. My outline is far from comprehensive.
But I love these characters, and want to give them their happy-ever-afters… or, more precisely, want to put them through further agonizing trials, force them to grow as people, make the hypothetical reader ache for them, and then give them their HEAs. It should be interesting to see how far I get with a still-imperfect outline. Last November I got 35,000 words of book 2 written, and only stopped when I ran out of outline; I was still pretty darn pleased with myself. Maybe this June I can top that.
Meanwhile, I am delighted with the progress Sea of Secrets is making in its sales figures. I want to thank all my wonderful readers for making May by far its most successful month yet! Maybe this time next year a companion gothic novel will be out in the world. As I look beyond NaNo, I think that is going to be my bigger goal. Wish me luck!