This is a good story. Artemis Gregory and his partner, Rachel Wayland, connect with Talis Kehk, charismatic, enigmatic lead singer for the group, Phoenix Rising.
There’s an interesting story around this book. I started writing it late last year. The idea enthused me, made me slightly crazy. It was so unexpected, so original… I couldn’t wait to write it.
About a third of the way in, I hit a wall. Something was wrong. An important element of the plot was missing. I struggled, flailed, worried over it like a dog with a bone, and ended up setting it aside. I thought it was dead in the water. I knew I couldn’t continue writing until I solved the discrepancy.
I started The Blue Paradise just to be writing something. It sucked me in and I was content.
My next story usually shows up as I’m finishing the current WIP. This time, it wasn’t the next idea, it was a solution to the problem of Phoenix. I knew how to continue the story, and so I did. The answer was simple and elegant and fit perfectly. I’m amazed I didn’t spot it earlier.
Phoenix is special to me. It represents rebirth in a very real way, because until the plot problem was solved, the story was worthless.
It turned out so much better than I hoped! Be sure and let me know what you think of it.
Dreamspinner is releasing it on the eleventh.