Working on new chapters

A while back I decided that the current project was far too long. I panicked towards the end, seeing the ridiculous length and far over-deadline state of it, and rushed to a conclusion, compressing a whole important facet of the story. I was not happy with that, and once I’d taken time to rest the brain a bit and think, the solution seemed obvious. One story, two volumes. Fortunately, it seemed to have a decent dividing point somewhat over halfway through. In fact, by taking out a single paragraph, the first two-thirds seem suddenly able to stand on their own, with, yes, a bit of an ominous “obviously to be continued” note. Right now I’m working on some new chapters to insert into what is, I hope, going to see the light of day as volume two. It’s kind of fun, going back and expanding the bits that should always have had more weight. A couple of characters who were very fully developed in my mind but who never seemed able to emerge from the background are able to take centre stage for a few scenes and bring some greatly over-compressed events to life.

About K.V. Johansen

The author of Blackdog, The Leopard, The Lady, Gods of Nabban, and The Last Road epic fantasies from Pyr, I also write for teens and children, including the "Torrie", "Warlocks of Talverdin", and "Cassandra Virus" series, and the "Pippin and Mabel" picture books, as well as a couple of short story collections and two works of adult literary criticism on the history of children's fantasy literature. I have a Master's degree in Mediaeval Studies, and read a lot of fantasy, science fiction, and history. Blog at
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