I would be lying if I said this wasn’t an extraordinarily busy summer. Beginning on Father’s Day, it has been a whirlwind of activity–so much so, I have two other popular blogs that I haven’t visited because of this book (not complaining; well, a little–I like the writing part and I haven’t been able to do much of it because of the non-stop activity keeping me busy on what I can only call a publicist’s dream/nightmare).
Now, I’m preparing for the longest Q&A I’ve had since I finished Book II: The Saga of Thranduil. (For those who are new to this: Book II was supposed to be the only book but things happened and now it is three books so Book I/Book III are being written on top of the new stand-alone book).
My only complaint aside from the attention and not having as much time to write as I would like would be that the growing chorus of people who want to buy this book in a bookstore (and threaten me often with making their “own” via PDFs). The first fifteen pages have been read and the story wasn’t the problem–it was the page number. Not that it worries me too much; I know people who have told me they read all 500/16 pages in one night so for the readers, I guess 183,000+ pages wasn’t a problem for them. I’m afraid it will get longer–Book I covers the lives of two elves and is in danger of turning a trilogy into a tetralogy. Not yet; I don’t worry about word count; I worry about the story because if that sucks, page numbers are futile.
I write big books and I cannot lie.
As it is now–and as far as I know–this is one of the few “novels” that began as an online reality show. People are watching the evolution of a novel from beginning to end and get to see the process of writing so every release is like discovering a whole new book. There are a few participants to this–some fans have inspired characters.
To think–this all began as a gift for my father (whom once more I can’t see him because my family deems it necessary to keep us apart). He got the first signed copy of the second draft for his birthday, so at least he has part of me with him and the book that’s dedicated to him.
Published or not: I kept my promise to my father (and hopefully to J.R.R. Tolkien) and finished my first book of my first trilogy while he was here to see it. I think he’d be proud that my gift to him has gained interest all over the world–so much so, someone wants it translated into Russian so they can read it better. That would make Father’s Day and this summer one of the best I’ve ever had–ever. –Jaynaé Marie Miller, M.A.
The Kingdom of the Woodland Realm Trilogy: PG-13; SFW (Suitable For Work), Book II: The Saga of Thranduil is currently 183,315 words (original version); 195,393 words (extended version). Began: December 22, 2015. Completed First Draft: December 22, 2017 (both versions–1080+ pages).
When the entire trilogy is completed, I will decided what from the extended versions will end up within the final version.