When I met my publisher for the first time — well before he was actually my publisher — I was incredibly nervous. Would he like my idea? Could I persuade him to take me onboard as one of his authors? I knew that he liked what I’d written — the first 50 pages at least — but I needed to convince him that I could come up with a great rest of the book.
So over coffee I pitched my first book. I must have done okay because he not only took me on as one of his authors but he also paid for the coffee!
During the pitch I made it clear that this was the first in a trilogy — and part of that pitch was to say that the next two books would each be from a different character’s point of view. This sounded like a great idea at the time and I have even begun writing the second story with this in mind.
However, the feedback I’m getting from people who have read Mis’ka: Rite of Ascension is that they are expecting the story to continue with Mis’ka as the central character — the hero/protagonist.
And I think that they are right. Although the other dominant characters, Hetat and Gable, are intrinsic to the story — they do not need to lead the action.
So what’s a writer to do? I have gone back to what I’ve written and am rewriting to tell the story through Mis’ka.
Right now she’s in a really bad situation — can she survive? Only time will tell…