2017 is going to be a very Spellchasers year for me. It’s all going to be about Molly, her curse, her friends and, of course, her enemies. There will be a fair bit of shapeshifting, and a certain amount of magical combat.
2017 might even be more of a Spellchasers year than 2016, even though last year was the launch of the trilogy.
a sneak peek of the Shapeshifter’s Guide front cover and spine
The second book, The Shapeshifter’s Guide To Running Away, is at the printers RIGHT NOW, and will be published next month, with an official launch the month after. (I’m getting quite excited!)
And I’m currently editing the third book, The Witch’s Guide To Magical Combat, which will head off to the printers just before the summer holidays and be published in early autumn.
So, for me, this will be a very Spellchasers year. And for anyone who wants to read about Molly’s adventures, there will be two new books and the chance to find out how her story ends!
And then…? Well, then the trilogy will be finished.
Readers have months to wait, and lots to read about, before they can find out how Molly’s story ends. But yesterday, while I was rereading and reconsidering the occasional verb in the final battle of Witch’s Guide, I suddenly realised that I’m nearly at the end of my journey with Molly and Innes and … everyone else (some of the ‘everyone else’s are characters that readers haven’t even met yet!)
I was reading a sentence in which Molly was walking towards danger, quite calmly, and I suddenly realised that I’m going to miss her. That she’s been a splendid heroine to work with, that I’ve had a great time with her, and that I’m going to miss having her in my head.
This sudden burst of emotion happened yesterday, ie in January, a whole 4 months before I proofread the third book for the last time, almost 8 months before it’s in the shops… But I’ve been writing about Molly and her magical world for more than 3 years now, and those very few months feel like I haven’t got much more imaginative time left with her. Soon, I’ll have finished creating and polishing her adventures, and she’ll be all yours!
Then I can start to write another adventure!
I’m looking forward to this Spellchasers year. I’m looking forward to finding out what readers think of Shapeshifter’s Guide to Running Away and of Witch’s Guide to Magical Combat. But I’m also looking forward to whatever I do next…