The Chronicles of Terah
When I first started writing The Master's Chair, I had to create the world in which the story takes place. Since I was going to have to spend a lot of time there, I wanted it to be a place where I would be comfortable, a place where I could live. And Terah came into focus for me.
My first draft began the day Kevin arrived on Terah, but by the time I had written a couple of chapters, I realized that the story actually began long before that, before Kevin was even born. So I started over. Several drafts later, and after a lot of edits and rewrites, The Master's Chair was finished, but the story wasn't.
When I started writing the second book, The Dragon's Flame, I spent quite a bit of time outlining my plot to make sure I started at the right point and stayed on track. I didn't want to have to start over this time. But by the time I was about a quarter of the way through, the characters hijacked the story, threw my plot out, and wrote their own. I didn't have to start over, but I had a lot of material that no longer fit and had to be cut.
I haven't started a third book yet, but I've got a notebook full of ideas. I'll just have to wait and see which ones the characters like and where they plan to take this one when I actually begin writing.
Dec. 16, 2012 - Update on Book 3
I wrote the above text a year and a half ago, and since then I've received quite a few e-mails concerning the release date for the third book in The Chronicles of Terah. I had planned to release it last summer, but as some of you know, I've had to shelve my writing for a little over a year so that I could take on the responsibility of care-giver for my parents. Things have lightened up a little along that line, so I hope to begin writing again sometime this spring and to be ready to publish by next winter.
I'm sorry for the delay. I know how frustrating it can be to wait for the next book in a series, but some things are beyond our control. Thanks for all the support so many of you have shown over the past year. Your e-mails have meant a lot, probably more than you realize.
Kevin - the main character, aka. Myron, heir to the Master's Chair
Chris - New Yorker, moved to Omaha for a change of pace
Darrell - college football player
Theresa - sophomore Journalism major
Karl and Joan - Farmers, until the economy forced them to sell, moved to Omaha to find jobs.
Steve - retired high school history teacher
Badec - Master Sorcerer of Terah, Kevin's father
Yvonne - Kevin's mother
Laryn - Badec's sister and second in command
Kalen - Dwarf - Keeper of the Gate Between the Worlds
Pallor- Elf - aka. Paul - lives on Earth, Kevin's godfather
Duane - Elf - Pallor's cousin
Xantha - Pegasus - has a mind link with Kevin
Glendymere - grandfather of all dragons, Kevin's tutor
Rolan - Sorcerer of Brendolanth - Kevin's primary enemy