Well, this is certainly a first for me (and my impeccable planning)! This is how it went down… Manny, Francine and Genevieve had quite the argument last week. Not an ugly argument, rather more like a heated debate. When I started planning book 7 many weeks ago, Manny thought it would be cool to tell his story, but Genevieve wasn’t ready to give him that. Her story was more important to be told than Manny’s. I agreed and planned accordingly. Book 7 was going to be another Genevieve tale.
I started writing Genevieve’s story with fiery excitement and passion until everything screeched to a halt a few days ago. Francine was making too much noise. She had raised her voice and waved her arms around, bracelets jingling, until Genevieve sighed and listened. After a lengthy debate, Genevieve and I agreed – Francine’s story superseded everyone else’s.
And so the planning and research started all over again. Genevieve’s story is only paused for a short while. Most of the research has been done, the entire book is planned and almost a third of it is written. The rest will be written as soon as pushy Francine told her story.
I could’ve transferred my progress pie chart (that I update on Facebook) from Genevieve’s story to Francine’s, but then every week’s percentages would’ve been completely made up and… nah! I’m not going to deceive anyone. You guys are on this journey with me and will just have to tolerate these fickle characters as well as surprise changes with me.
Of course, it’s much more fun saying my characters or the Muses forced these decisions on me than saying I realised that I needed to make some changes in the long-term planning of the series. In a sense it is true that these characters ‘talk’ to me, but at the end of the day it’s all me. I believe that Francine’s story is a better follow-up to the crossroads Genevieve reached at the end of The Pucelle Connection. Genevieve’s story will flow perfectly from there. It just took me some time to get the order right. 🙂
But… fear not!!! You won’t have to wait tooooooo long because of this change. Without making any commitments, I feel confident in saying that the new book 7 might be out much sooner than you (and I) hoped for. Now that you know where we’re at, I’ll be putting up a new pie chart on Facebook from next week.
This is my last weekend in South Africa, so I’m going to make the most of it. I hope you will also have a wonderful and memorable weekend!