Yes, friends, late last night I completed the first draft of "Elderdown", the fourth and final book in the Fellwater: Hidden Houses main series.
At 81,700 words, it's actually slightly shorter than the other three books in the series. But I'm feeling very good about it right now.
What will happen next? I'm going to take a few weeks to second-draft the text, which might make it a little longer, perhaps closer to the 90k word count average of the other three books. I have already contacted my "team", the editor and designer who worked on the previous books, to see if they are available. If they are, then we'll go to work as soon as the second draft is ready.
Here's a few pictures drawn from the 'net which illustrate some of my inspirational sources:
"New France", the name that early European colonists gave to the land where I now live.
"Laputa", the flying island described in "Gulliver's Travels" by Jonathan Swift. In my Hidden World, there's one of these somewhere in the wilds of west Quebec.
The Kami, a kind of spiritual being in Japanese folklore and religion. With thanks to one of the top-tier backers of the project, for the inspiration!
The passage mounds and souterrains of Celtic and pre-Celtic culture in western Europe. This is my own photograph of Loughcrew, in co. Meath, Ireland. In my Hidden World, there's one of these in Nova Scotia.
This 900 year old Yew tree, growing in a churchyard in Wilmington village, England. And that's me, sitting in it.
I haven't yet decided whether to use Kickstarter again, to pay for this book's editing and design work. Kickstarter has changed, since my first successful project, three years ago: it's less of a research & development funding platform now, and more like an audience-building and "advance ticket" selling platform. But for small-time, independent writers like myself, it is still very helpful.
Once again, I urge you to please write a kind word or two about your favourite book in the series on its Amazon listing. This is the simplest and most helpful way that you can support my work. The more good reviews the book has there, the more likely that new readers will find it, and the easier it will be for me to promote the book with online marketers or literary agents. I offer my deep thanks to those who have already done so, and I am also happy to hear any constructively critical remarks privately.
Here are the links to the Amazon listings:
Book One: Fellwater. ~ Book Two: Hallowstone. ~ Book: Three: Clan Fianna.
Spinoff Novella: The Seekers. ~ Spinoff Novella: A Trick Of The Light.
Also, please share the series home page on your Facebook, Twitter, or other social media, and with friends of yours who you think might like it: http://www.fellwater.ca