I’ve been talking an awful lot about Soulless lately without…really talking about it. Today, that changes, as I’d like to introduce everyone to the project that is rightfully taking over my life right now, considering it will likely be the next book I publish and I hope to have it published around September (knock on wood). So what is Soulless? Allow me to tell you all about it.
Soulless is the first book of a trilogy entitled The Slayer Saga, chronicling the rise of a legendary hero that defends the world against undead creatures known as (wait for it) Soulless. It’s a tale of zombies in a post-apocalyptic world, something I’ve taken to calling The Walking Dead meets Thundarr the Barbarian (and bonus points to anyone who gets the Thundarr refrence). Our hero, nameless except for her title of the Slayer, is caught in an unexpected trap that reveals a whole new threat that no one could have ever expected.
I’ll be the first to admit that Soulless is not trying to reinvent the wheel at all; it’s a zombie story at its heart, and fairly formulaic at that, though there are some things I’m doing with it that I’m kind of excited about. I have the following books, Heartless and Fearless already planned, too, so I’m hoping this starts a chain reaction and I’m hoping to release the entire series by 2016. A series could do great things for my marketing and my sales, and hopefully even attract a few faithful readers. I don’t believe it’s going to be my strongest work, but it will be entertaining and fun (I hope!).
As I’m trying this, I’ve only got two chapters (and a potential epilogue) left to go in the rough draft of Soulless. With the start of a new RoW80 on April 7th, I’m excited to participate once again with transcribing at least a chapter a check-in, so that I’ll have a rough draft typed and slightly edited. Then, the hunt for beta readers begins, as well as a Kickstarter campaign, and hopefully publishing soon after. I have an action plan. I feel all in charge and everything. It’s a very good feeling indeed.
I’m thrilled to get this story (which is, admittedly, pretty rough around the edges) whipped into shape and out to the public. Any thoughts or questions anyone would like to propose? Any advice for me buckling down and finally getting a novel out, or an entire trilogy for that matter? I’d love to open the gates on this one.