The day…it seemed like a day just like any other, and technically Monday, May 30, 2011 was a day just like any other. I flew in from a con out in Baltimore and that was cool. It wasn’t my first, nor will it be my last. At that con I got to hang out with the likes of Tee Morris, Scott Sigler, Evo Terra, and Nathan Lowel, just to name a few. I got to reconnect and connect with people I’ve known, but never seen. I even had a “fan” or two approach me about my work. Again, all things that have happened before. No, what was so special about this day was I finally decided what I am going to do with the my premier novel, The House of Grey and because of the decision my heart is full and my fingers are sliding across this keyboard to tell you this news. BUT first, can I say thanks for downloading The House of Grey and supporting Chris and I on this and other projects.Â The House of Grey has always been a labor of love for me as an author. I wrote it mainly because I wanted something that I thought I would enjoy; a story that spreads across genres and fulfilled the different tastes I have as a reader. I wanted a story that had action, comedy, romance, and thrills spearheaded by a dynamic, diverse, and lovable cast. So that is what I set out to write and is why I ended up writing a 320,000 word novel. That podcast, which has exceeded all my expectations, has been wildly successful in my small sheltered mind. I was looking for anÂ audience- someone to read my book and I found them in droves because of The House of Grey. The problem is however, I’ve created an untamable beast…or so I thought.
Just so you know, it is unheard of to write a 320,000 word YA novel. People don’t do that.Â Way too big for the genre and targeted audience. So of course, I thought I needed to split The House of Grey into manageable story lines- maybe a three book construct-Â and do so without losing the stuff that makes The House of Grey great. However, I quickly realized that the book was too big and dang near impossible to alter without completely changing the story. For the last two years, I’ve asked myself, what do I do with this book that touched so many people with the characters and conflict and turn it into something that I can feed into the main stream and still give me the chance I seek to continue the story in a way that I am comfortable writing a character focused story.
It hit me today. I have to decided that I will put the story out on my terms. So because of those terms, I now introduce you to The House of Grey Volumed Series. The House of Grey was a serialized podcast that came out over the course of two years. Iâ€™ve decided to apply that model to The House of Grey written version. I plan on making this novel available to you very cheaply in volumes of 5 to 7 chapters, with the added benefit of fun cover illustrations, some manga/anime style art for character profiles, and book scenes and messages- like this one from the author. This is the format that we are going to employ for the entire series and will break it up by volume and â€œarc.â€ This style is not going to be for everyone, but if you are willing to break from the norm, I think this is a story that is going to rock your socks off.
Chris and I have already started the transformation process. Â We do so as we speak. We are planning on doing this, but we want to hear from you. Please Please Please comment on this one as it could affect the project and we really want your feed back.
Thanks for barely reading.