I’m really excited to be making this announcement about a new project. It’s called “Black Lake” and it will be a new series of novels that follow the first-person narrative of the main character, Anthony Williams.
I started writing this a couple of months ago – it was kind of one of those things that just hit me. I had just finished my last exam – a written exam for computer science – and I was headed home. I had been listening to an audio book (Michael Crichton’s Prey), and I kind of thought to myself, “man it sure would be fun to write a Michael Crichton book.”
As soon as I said it, ideas started flooding my head as I was driving, and I had to open up the dictation app on my phone so that I could get the ideas recorded. When I got home, without the audio notes, I started typing and set down about five-thousand words in about an hour and forty minutes. What came of that was the basic plot line for the first novel in the series Beasts of Warunta.
Setting the novel in Honduras wasn’t my first choice. I originally planned to set it in Mexico, but I wanted a remote location in Central or South America, and there wasn’t really anywhere in Mexico that matched. I scoured google’s satellite map, looking for large patches of green without a lot of roads in or out – a location that would have both forests and be mountainous. I considered the Congo region of Africa briefly, but I wanted to write something resembling the style of a Michael Crichton novel – not copy another story. So I turned back to South America, looking at Columbia’s Pacific coast, then moving northwards, when I came to Honduras.
In Honduras in the eastern region of the country, I found the perfect location – a forested region with almost no roads at all. I saw a winding river that worked well, and as I tracked the river inland I arrived at a beautiful stretch of low-lying mountains. A little research told me the area was called the Sierra de Warunta, and the story really began to take shape.
I’m now twenty-thousand words in, and the pace is quickening as things become more and more concrete, and I hope to finish the manuscript this summer, and get the piece into editing before school starts back up this fall. Following that timeline, I should be able to have the book completed in the fall and ready for Advanced Release Copies or ARC’s around Christmas time this year with an official book launch in the spring of 2020.
I’ll probably post some little sections on here over the next few weeks as a sneak peak to the people who are interested.
As for the Trials of Arden series – that’s still under development, and I hope to be able to get that one finished in the fall with ARC’s available early in 2020 with an official release around early summer.