Finally, a Writing Update

Sorry I have been dark so long. No blog posts. No newsletters. If not for a few tweets and Facebook posts, you guys might have decided I dropped off the face of the earth.

Other News first:

A Blog Series – I was recently part of a series of blog posts put on by the lovely Sarah Addison-Fox on what does it mean to write clean/Christian fantasy. You can read my post here, but it is worth reading all of them starting with the introductory post, then authors Hope Ann, Claire Banschbach, Serena Chase, Lauricia Matuska, and Kate Willis. Lots of different perspectives and food for thought!

Black Friday Sale – I will once again be a part of a Black Friday sale put together by fellow Christian indie authors. I think we have over 36 authors participating this year, which is huge considering we had about 7 of us the first year. Check back here on Friday for a link to the sale.

Thanks so much to everyone who took the time to answer the poll I posted a while back! Of the 90 responses I received, 62% mostly read fantasy (which is good. Fantasy is my first love and I struggle to write anything else). When asked if you would like to see more Blades of Acktar, over 75% answered either Yes, right away or Yes, but let’s see something new first. Very, very few said they don’t want to read anything more in The Blades of Acktar.

I was also surprised by the number of people who asked for either more about Ranson or more about Brandi and Jamie. Good news is, I have ideas for both of those characters that I would like to write someday, so there is a good chance you’ll see more about them in the future.

If you would like to still take the poll, here is a link to it.

If you took the poll, then you probably already guessed, but the current project I’m working on is a Christian allegorical fantasy. It has been a tough book to write, as allegorical elements are much harder to make sure they come across the way I intend since they aren’t as clear as writing full on Christian fiction the way I did with The Blades of Acktar.

But while this book is allegorical, it isn’t an allegory. What does that mean? Well, an allegorical book still has lots of story elements that aren’t necessarily part of the allegory. Think Chronicles of Narnia. A full allegory would be a book like Pilgrim’s Progress where nothing in that book doesn’t have some sort of symbol or meaning.

Due to the trickiness of writing allegorically, this book has been tough. My word counts have been drastically reduced compared to what I did each day when writing The Blades of Acktar. BUT I am ALMOST finished. If I keep on track, I’ll finish either before the end of November or early in December. That means I should be able to start telling you details, back cover blurbs, and stuff like that by the end of December or early January. Yay!!!

I’m both excited and nervous to share this book with you. Some days, I can barely write I’m so terrified this book will not only disappoint, but offend and turn away readers. That’s the chance every author takes with every book, but especially when I know many of my readers personally. I don’t want to disappoint a single one of you!

 

 

9 thoughts on “Finally, a Writing Update

  1. Katie Grace November 20, 2017 / 2:03 pm

    This post makes me so happy, because more Tricia books! I’m cheering you on until you finish the story (and until you publish it. basically, I’ll just cheer you on with everything you do. :P). I can understand the fact that there’s fear about this story, but I look forward to it regardless. (and I’ll be praying about that, because there’s nothing worse than doubts and fear when trying to write and edit a book)

    Eep! I’m getting all squeal-y at the thought of buying it from amazon someday soon. 😀

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    • Tricia Mingerink November 20, 2017 / 2:07 pm

      Awww, thanks, Katie! You are so sweet! And thanks SO much for your prayers!

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  2. Karis November 20, 2017 / 10:33 pm

    I saw this post in my inbox and squealed. I’ve been curious and eager to know what you’d end up deciding based on the poll you did.

    I’ll be praying for you as you finish up writing this new novel and begin the edits. I know how easy it is to become fearful of people’s expectations.

    Knowing your heart and desire to please God with your writing, I can’t imagine you ever writing something that would turn me away from your writing. I might prefer one genre or style over another (or still have a strong lingering attachment issue with your characters from the Blades of Acktar), but I can’t see you writing something that has a message that turns me off.

    I am really excited to hear more about this new novel and also to hear that you haven’t entirely finished with everyone from the Blades of Acktar. 😛

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  3. Janice Verhoog November 21, 2017 / 7:37 am

    Sounds really exciting!!! I can’t wait to see what you’ve cooked up next!!

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  4. Olivia November 21, 2017 / 9:02 am

    Yay!! I can’t wait!! Super excited about the new book and to hear that there might be more from the Blades of Acktar people 😀

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    • Tricia Mingerink November 21, 2017 / 9:08 am

      I’ve tried to let go of the Blades of Acktar people, but they keep bugging me with more stories. Knowing them, they will win in the end. They always do.

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  5. Adriana R. November 21, 2017 / 3:47 pm

    Eeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!! I’m SO excited!!!!! I can’t wait to read this new story!!!!!!!!! It sounds AMAZING (yes, I know you have not given us more details yet… BUT that’s how excited I am!)

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