Yeah, not the best title ever, but I couldn't think of anything else. After writing my first Urban Fantasy story ever, I've had some time to reflect now that I've finished it. It is also one of my longest books at around 52,000 words. While that is nowhere near Stephen King or George R.R. Martin level, its a lot for me as my horror books were usually around 30,000 words. I just wanted to share with you all some of my thoughts.
First, I enjoyed writing it a lot more than I thought I would. As a kid, I always loved werewolves and vampires, but in extreme horror I avoided the topics as I felt they were over done. I had been wanting to do something with those creatures, but just couldn't think of a way to put an extreme bent on it that I'd be happy with. Writing Urban Fantasy, vampires, werewolves, zombies and such are all parts of that genre, so I got to add in all kinds of fun creatures and do different things.
Another thing, I didn't realize how difficult writing extreme horror/splatter fiction really is. Believe it or not, when you write it a lot and for years on end, it does get difficult coming up with new ways to torture a human body and keep it new and not repetitive. Not to mention, in writing things like that, I had to go to such a dark place, I think it was taking a bigger emotional toll on me than I realized.
One good friend told me recently, she thinks I'll be successful in this new genre as its a less dark field and my overall outlook writing it is more positive. It was fun to write and I could write longer at a time as a result. I hope my friend is right.
I won't go into all the reasons why I changed genres. I'll just say the market has changed a lot and I'm seeing less growth for me in continuing extreme horror. I ended up pulling most of my books from Kindle, leaving up only the non extreme titles. They're almost all still in paperback. A few I have to redo, I may or may not do that, but they were older titles that didn't get much movement. But I'll put them back in paper eventually.
Anyway, Blood Wolf is now being edited, and I hope to have it ready for the world by the end of August or early September. I'm excited and nervous for all of you to meet Nikki Blade and I look forward to writing the next leg of her journey.