I mentioned, a few blog posts back, I was working on a new project. Well, wouldn’t you know it? Last Thursday, while I was at the gym, sweating it up and trying to work through the project’s next few chapters, my brain instead presented me with the outline of the sixth Siobhan Dunmoore adventure. Not just a story idea, but the entire high-level plot, enough to fill several pages once I returned home and put it on paper. Talk about a novel experience.
I usually get a notion of what I’d like the theme to be or dream up a McGuffin and develop the storyline from there. I never come up with the whole plot at once and don’t know how this happened. But I took it as a sign and dropped my project in favor of our old friend Siobhan.
I’ve written the first three chapters so far — the adventure’s opening scenes. How long will it take to complete? No idea. I’m aiming for a late September publication date, but that will change as I manage to either sprint or end up dragging my feet for whatever reasons.
I’ve tentatively titled it When the Guns Roar (Siobhan Dunmoore Book 6). It picks up a few months after the conclusion of Book 5, with Iolanthe part of Task Force Luckner and Siobhan chafing under Rear Admiral Petras’ command. And yes, her old enemy Brakal will play a significant role. I leave you with a little teaser — the book’s cover, or at least the tentative cover. I find having one to look at early on helps me focus.
If you’ve not picked up a copy of Ashes of Empire: Imperial Twilight yet, what are you waiting for?