Every Tuesday heralds another #TeaserTuesday that's a step closer to Red Rooster going live.
Have I told you I'm excited about this book?
Only about a thousand times?
There are so many reasons why writing the second book in my Sons of Rome series has been one of the most enjoyable writing experiences ever. But what I love the most? The chance to build a world.
I'm such an omnivore when it comes to fiction. From ultimate favorites like Tolkien, to new favorites like The Raven Cycle, and the Shades of Magic series. From comics, to anime, to cult favorite TV, I love when an author or creator develops a world full to bursting with captivating characters. I don't like limits, or boxes, or clear delineations. I want it all.
Writing this series is a chance to create a world, and then play in it. To build sweeping action sequences, and then go focus on the intimate inner thoughts of a character. To delve into their love lives, and their inner demons, and follow their character development in an organic, realistic way. A chance to take characters from history who are a few grainy paintings on a book page, and try to bring them to life as humans. Or, well...mostly humans.
I am a nerd, and this is my jam, y'all.
If you're wondering: what can I expect from Red Rooster?
The answer is: a character-driven urban fantasy novel.
Some questions from book one are answered, but others are posed, and left unanswered until later in the series. New characters are introduced, and familiar faces start to really come into their own. This book is a coming-together of sorts; all the main players in the series bump into one another at some point, and the events of this book serve as a jumping-off point for their individual stories going forward. Here, we start to understand the threat our heroes are up against, and their reactions are a mixed bag of duty-bound obligation, and aversion.
This is probably not a good fit for readers who want/need a lot of romance in their reads, but this is right up your alley if you don't mind a slow burn, and enjoy the action, mystery, and magic of a very character-focused UF.
This book cements Val as my favorite character; really, this whole series is his, if it can be called anyone's in particular. I can't wait for everyone to see him in action.
We're getting closer!