Here's the bad news: Silence will not be released until 2015. When it is released, it will not be early in the year as we hoped.
I'm working tirelessly to write, edit, edit, edit, and edit again, then rewrite, and once I've done all that, I can send it to my editor. However, if you've ever read a DSS book, you'll know that they are HUGE.
Imagine how long it takes to write 15, 000 words and write them well--be sure they make sense, hold the reader's attention, are informative, don't accidentally give anything away, and tie in everything that happened in previous books. And that's just one chapter. Yes, my chapters are quite long.
Now, imagine doing that 15 more times, and imagine doing it while raising 4 kids.
My husband works so many hours a week that the younger kids are in bed when he gets home, and the older ones are just brushing their teeth. But even if I could spend 8 hours a day writing, my brain and eyes wouldn't let me. Writing uses a lot of energy. Have you ever read a really energetic blog post and you kind of catch that vibe?
Well, that's the writer's energy coming through because that's how they felt as they wrote it.
Writing sad scenes and fight scenes takes a lot of energy. I feel drained after a good devastating event. It's a good kind of drain, but there's no way I could spend as many hours as I used to doing it. Not now I have baby number 4.
For the most part, readers understand this. It's only about 5 messages a day that insultingly insist I hurry the hell up. And I laugh these off because that's the kind of reader passion I became a writer for. So I'm not writing this post to tell you all to leave me alone. Please don't stop asking and begging and pleading for Silence. I'm writing this to let you all know that we don't have a release date yet, but it will be next year.
Some of you may not have read Echoes because you're waiting for Silence. Go read it! You get enough resolution in Echoes to tide you over until the last book. You won't be sorry you read it, and it doesn't end on a cliffhanger. Yes, there are some things not yet resolved, but they are NEW things not resolved; not the same problems as before.
So if you want to know if Ara and David ever resolve their differences and get along: read Echoes.
If you want to know who Vampirie is: read Echoes.
If you want to know who Ara chooses in the end: read Echoes.
So many loose ends are tied up in this book, and readers so far have said it is my BEST BOOK EVER!!! We even get to see Ara in a real combat situation when Loslilian comes under attack. And I have to admit, David with a sword is a mighty fine thing. And hey, did you ever wonder about why he could not find it in his heart to forgive Ara? I mean, he loved her, right? Why couldn't he forgive her?
Well, you'll find out why in Echoes.
So go read it, and then sit back and relax until Silence, knowing that I am working hard every day to bring you a book even more epic than the last.