Aggie is coming soon, but as far as youth fiction, I have several things in the works and planned.
Everard-– In the Not-So-Fairy Tales collection, I have started a story about a prince who has just returned from war. He’s shy, confused, and after doing something so out of character that he can’t get over it, he ends up going on amazing quests to overcome obstacles that no one else has been able to vanquish and in the process, confront his greatest fears.
Legends of the Vengeance– This is my most ambitious series yet. I mean, we’re talking about pirates, Europe, the Mediterranean, the Barbary Coast, the Caribbean, ships… it’s all new territory for me. I will be forced to write about things I haven’t read much pirate type stuff. I remember reading Robinson Crusoe, Treasure Island, Swiss Family Robinson (what’s with the Robinsons?), and Captain Blood. I remember most of SFR and RC. Not much of the others except that I liked it.
This book will have two separate stories. Throughout the books, the main story will be about Sebastian, the son of pirate Nicolo Sorrano. He is twelve at the opening of the books and should be around twenty-one to twenty-five by the end. Then, simultaneously, one of the other pirates, Jaime, tells the crew legends that thrill them.
In this series, there is a difficulty in keeping true to pirate lore and true to myself as a writer. I do not want to glorify crime, and yet, these are pirates. They pillage, plunder– they’re criminals! There’s a point to it in these books, and I hope the reader will love to learn why they do what they do and support them at the end.
There are others, of course… I have a “sequel” to Princess Paisley, a new fantasy series, and, of course… the potential of continuing Wynnewood from the perspective and about some of the others in the village.
If I did that– wrote of others in Wynnewood, who would you want to learn more about?