Welcome to the talented Maggie Best, who is going to introduce the first in her fabulous new series of fantasy novels, 'Night's Blood'. I'll hand over to Maggie to explain her writing process and how it's a lot like giving birth to a child...
I’d like to express my appreciation to Sandra O’Grady and members of the Novelist’s Circle group, who helped me polish 'Night’s Blood' until I felt it was worthy of being published.
Of course, no writer is ever 100% satisfied with the end result, and we’d all like to just change one more sentence, add a something here, or trim a bit there. But eventually you have to step away and set it free.
I was showing the print version of my book to friends recently and they asked when the next one was coming out. The question made me chuckle. I used to get asked the same thing after the birth of my first child, and it made me realise that producing a book is like having a child in many ways. The initial result is often messy and keeps you up at night. You lavish your time and attention on it, and imbue it with all the things you learn along the way until it is ready to stand alone in the world.
The first three books in the series are written and form the first story arc. I am currently working on book four, which will take the characters in a whole new direction and introduce some new players as well. My readers are especially keen to see more of Bane and Antoine, and this new story arc will certainly deliver that.
There is also potential for some of the characters to have their own stand-alone stories, which excites me, as I can foresee lots of adventures through time and space ahead. This of course, means lots of research into ancient times, and into the cutting-edge discoveries happening in astronomy (thank you Brian Cox for those brilliant
documentaries on the Discovery channel). I’ll be in my
While I have self-published this edition of Night’s Blood, I am open to traditional publishing in the future. My next step along this career path will be in April when I attend a writer’s Master Class by the incomparable Fiona McIntosh. I am thrilled and terrified in equal measure by this, but look forward to coming away from it with renewed confidence
and commitment to this amazing craft.
For those of you just beginning your journey I’d just like to
reiterate the advice you will see everywhere from those who have gone before you; “write, write, write!” It doesn’t matter how awful your first draft is, with each subsequent attempt it will shine a little more. Our books are our babies; they come from deep within us and carry with them part of our soul. They deserve our very best. Good luck with your writing, and never give up on it or yourself.
Thanks for your insight Maggie. Readers, don't forget to check out her website, or catch her on Face Book or Twitter. Once you've read this exciting book, leave a review.
Eons ago, the blood feud between the gods Horus and Set resulted in Set’s defeat and banishment to the Underworld. But Horus’s victory was gained through an unfair advantage: the Scarlet Eye Amulet. Now, in the present day, a secret sect dedicated to Horus plans to reignite that feud in his name to help their new leader gain dominion over mankind.
In the Underworld, Set senses the Scarlet Eye’s resurrection. Determined to have an unfair advantage of his own this time, Set returns and scours the world for an apprentice. When Alex Lovas's foster parents are kidnapped, Fate casts him in Set’s path. Orphaned at three and abused for most of his young life, the reticent teen is an unlikely candidate for the alliance soon to be formed.
When they finally come face to face with the Scarlet Eye Amulet, the
burning question is whether Night’s Blood will prevail, or whether it
will be used to bring about the downfall of all mankind...