A few days ago, I wrote my review for The Hunt for Winter, a book written by K.C. Cowan and Sara Cole. If you missed it, you can read it here.
As I said, I came back with a few more details about this book, which I recommend to everyone that loves the fantasy genre.
Bellow, I will leave some words coming directly from K.C.Cowan.
To Sequel, or Not to Sequel?
By KC Cowan
When my writing partner, Sara Cole, wrote the ending to our first fantasy novel, Journey to Wizards’ Keep (JTWK), we thought, “Well, that’s that! We finished the book, it has a great ending and we’re all happy.”
JTWK ends with the reader not knowing if Queen Irene gives birth to a son, who would be a wizard, or a girl, who would be mortal. The beautiful phrase Sara ended the book on only tells you that a “newborn child cried for the first time.”
Great, right? However, I could not stop thinking about Queen Irene. Did she have a wizard baby, or will Seever and Kaza be the last wizards in the land? Suddenly, I knew exactly what happened and I sat down and wrote the first chapter of a sequel. Irene has twins, a boy and a girl! After establishing that, I jumped ahead five years (so we could have good interaction with her children) and wrote a little bit about royal life in Cabbage and a brief catch-up with Irene’s best friends, Kay and Nan.
I sent the chapter to Sara and asked her if she wanted to keep writing. She immediately responded with a firm, “Yes! And I know exactly what this book is about!” She had the plot already in her head based on reading my first chapter! (That’s what I love about working with Sara – she’s the plot queen!)
So, we were off and running on book two in the Irene, Nan and Kay series with the title: The Hunt for Winter. Unlike the first book, during which we never really actively discussed the plot and just sent chapters back and forth to each other (almost like a game), this time Sara and I collaborated much more closely. Several times a month we would get together to discuss the story arc and what was, or was not working. As before, I acted as overall “editor” and keeper of the timeline.
Since we were writing this new book while I was still polishing and pitching JTWK, when we came up with an idea for book two, such as the magical use of mirrors, I could go back to the first book and add a short bit that would help establish that idea earlier on! Not the traditional way of writing, I’m sure, but it worked for us.
The Hunt for Winter became so long that at one point, I said, “We need to end book two at a certain point and start book three.” So we did. Look for the third novel in our series to come out in 2018, but in the meantime, I hope readers will enjoy The Hunt for Winter and the new adventures of Irene, Nan, and Kay as much as we did in writing them!
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