I'm listening to the audiobook version because I needed something new to listen to on my commute. I'm not sure if I've ever posted about my audiobook obsession, but if ya'll aren't listening to books in addition to reading them, you're missing out. I used to get most of my reading done on the bus or train, but then I developed adult-onset car-sickness which is pretty much the worst for book lovers. But audiobooks have given me a new "reading" life. I use Audible when it's a book I'm dying to listen to right away or if it's one I will likely want to listen to again. Otherwise, I highly recommend your local library. The Chicago Public Library lends their audiobooks via Libby.
Anyway, that was a nerdy tangent. Back to this book. I'm one of those people that usually won't watch a show or movie based on a book until I've read the book first, so this is a weird change for me. But I have to say, I'm not minding it so far. The book is adding a lot of additional context to the show. I also like the actors playing Matthew and Diana, so I don't mind that I've attached their faces to the books characters as well. Anyway, I'm going to do my best not to let this new obsession interfere with my writing schedule, but no promises!
In this series, I wanted to explore the idea of placing an extraordinary girl into an ordinary world. High school, boyfriends, annoying parental figures, but with a twist. Because this ordinary world is also hiding supernatural creatures in plain sight. So while Isabel is attending football games and school dances, she's also hanging out with vampires and fighting with werewolves. Isabel isn't trying to hide from either life, she's struggling to figure out how to live in both of them.
Anyway, the first two books are done and there will be one more that follow Isabel's storyline. Shaded Falls has plenty of opportunity for additional storylines though, so that's also exciting. The books in this series are also longer than my other series. I typically write shorter stories because it's just how my mind works. But this story felt a little more complex and that's reflected in the word count.
My next order of business is to revisit the Darkness and the story of Grace and William. When we last left them, an attack in the Darkness had created havoc and William was forced to make a difficult decision. Life isn't going to get easier for either of them in Book Four, Surrender to Darkness. And on that note, time to get back to writing!
I promised you in my last post that I would have new stories available soon and I promise they are coming. I'm typing as fast as my fingers will go! My next book should be available in the next couple weeks with a sequel following shortly after. Just for fun, I'm giving you a sneak peak of the cover for the first book in my new Shaded Falls series.
I need to get back to writing, but I'll post an excerpt in the next couple days for those of you interested in learning more about the Shaded Falls world, not to mention Isabel and her love interest, Nicholas Rockson.
We finally had a perfect fall day in Chicago. No rain, no humidity, no 30 degree weather. Just a perfect, sunny day. I decided to take a walk down to Stan's Donut Shop, excited about the prospect of an apple cider donut. Everyone else must've had the same idea, because they were all out! Is that even legal?
Anyway, after settling for a boring glazed donut, I got busy writing. Just a couple chapters away from finishing up Book One of my new series. I haven't written nearly as much this year as I would like, so I'm trying to turn up the production in this last few months. I'm also planning to post much more frequently on this blog. I can't believe my last post was in April. Yikes.
In other news, I also just passed the four year anniversary of my first book release! I can't believe that Dark Souls is four-years-old. That just doesn't seem possible. I need to get back to writing because I'm really excited to finish up this story, but look for more posts soon and my new release in the next couple weeks!
I thought I would take some time and do some Q&A. Feel free to ask more questions in the comments!
Question: How did you become an author?
Answer: Probably in the same way that I became the person that I am today- life experience, a love of books, and a penchant for telling stories. I've always loved telling stories. I wrote my first "book" in the fifth grade. It was an adventure/mystery story inspired by Encyclopedia Brown (anyone out there remember those books?). I even had a friend do illustrations and a cover for me. Someday I need to see if my mom kept that story somewhere. Maybe I can publish it....
I officially started publishing books in May 2012 which means I'm getting really close to my six year anniversary. Eeek.
Question: What does E..J. stand for?
Answer: Truthfully, nothing. E.J. King is a pen name.
Question: How many books have you written?
Answer: A lot. In the paranormal/urban fantasy world I've written 14 novels and a couple short stories. But I also write in other genres under other pen names. Under those names, I've probably written a combined 20 novels.
Question: How long does it take to write a book?
Answer: It really depends. I wish I could be one of those writers that sets a firm timeline and sticks to it. I REALLY wish that was me. But I've found that life always gets in the way of my plans and some stories are just harder to tell than others. I usually write at least one book in a month, but that's across three pen names.
Question: What inspires your paranormal stories?
Answer: So many things. I love horror movies/books, but only the real horror stuff like from Stephen King. Not into the gory new stuff like the Saw movies. I also like vampire stories that are addicting- Vampire Academy, The Vampire Diaries, Trueblood/Sookie Stackhouse, Buffy... And I LOVE the show Supernatural.
Question: What are you working on right now?
Answer: Making progress on Surrender to Darkness and the first book in a new series, Beyond the Twilight.
I live in Chicago, and it's cold here. I'm not a fan of the cold. The one good thing about delayed spring weather is that it keeps me inside working on my many story ideas. At the end of last year, I wrapped up the Dark Souls series. This was the longest series I've ever written, with seven novels total plus a couple of short stories and a spinoff novel, Dark Hart. As good as it felt to give my characters closure, it was sad to write those final words.
While I do have plans for Kaylie and Rafe to show up in stories from the same Dark Souls universe, I also need to spend some time with my characters from other story lines. The Blackwood Vampires series is only three books so far and I've got a lot more planned for that universe. Don't worry, I AM working on the fourth book. It's just taking longer than I had planned because I'm also working on a couple other series at the same time. That's how my brain works. I can't focus on just one thing at a time. What are those other project you may ask?
That's the biggest problem I have with writing. I have so many ideas and then I love each one of them so much as I'm working on it that I just want to share it as soon as possible. I also think that's why most of my books are on the shorter side of the novel spectrum. I skip a lot of fluff to get the important stuff written down. I don't know if that's a good or bad thing, it's just my style.
Also, about once a year I find myself rewatching the entire Buffy series. So that's another thing I'm going to do today. Does anyone else do this with their favorite tv shows? I have a hard time finding anything new that sucks me in so I end up revisiting the classic a lot.
Let me know if the comments if you have a good series I should be watching. Or reading, for that matter. I"m always looking for new books to love.
After killing the man that she loves, Kaylie Hart thinks she had lost everything. But a twist of fate gives her a second shot at love, and at life. With her friends by her side, Kaylie faces her hardest challenge yet– a battle with the First Evil.
As she faces hard truths, Kaylie realizes that in the end, she will always be alone. This is her destiny and she won't stop until she finds a way to stop Scarlet and save the world. Again.
How many books have you written?
There are six full books in the Dark Souls series (with seven coming soon) plus two short stories. I have three books currently in the Blackwood Vampires series and a trilogy called Shadow Hunters, plus a short story. Then there's also the Dark Hart spinoff book. So, that's a grand total of 13 full length books and three short stories/novellas.
How frequently do you release books?
I wish I had a good answer for this. I guess the answer is, as frequently as I can. I'd like to release a book a month in an ideal world, but I'm also not a full-time writer (yet!). Life and the day job tend to get in the way of my plans. I've been writing these books just over two years now, though I initially wrote the Shadow Hunters trilogy a couple years before that. So I'm probably averaging five books a year. I'd like to see that number double in 2018, as long as people keep wanting to read my stories.
How do you write so fast/Write so many stories?
Honestly, I don't know. I have a million stories in my head at any given time and they just keep coming.I wish I could write faster to get them all on paper (metaphorically speaking.) But the internet is so darn interesting and then Netflix happens...
When is the next book going to be available?
As soon as possible. I promise. I'm still wrapping up the ending of Destined Souls and I'm not going to lie, this has been a hard story to write. There are so many things I want to have happen, but I also need to make this a tidy ending because it's going to be the end of this particular storyline. It's a lot of pressure and I don't want to let the readers down. Destined Souls should be available in the next two weeks assuming nothing crazy comes out during editing.
How long is the Dark Souls series going to be?
Kaylie and Rafe's story will wrap up for the most part in book seven. They will have a crossover into subsequent books and into the Blackwood Vampires series, but going forward Dark Souls will focus on other characters. Readers could stop after book seven and have a complete story, but I really hope people will continue on with the rest of the Dark Souls books.
Alright, that's all the Q&A for now. If you have a burning question you want answers, please let me know. It's been a blast sharing with you. Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and please know how very thankful I am for all of you!
Today is the first day of my Thanksgiving vacation which I will be spending in Chicago. Woke up to a 20 degree drop since yesterday. Lots of foggy windows. The best way to combat the cold is with warm blankets and hot coffee.
To celebrate my vacation, I've got a long list of things I need to do around the condo as well as even more things I need to write. Still plugging away at Destined Souls. Kaylie just keeps drawing me into more drama. I think maybe she needs a vacation. The problem is that even when she's supposed to be taking a break from hunting, she just keeps getting pulled back in.
Here in the States, it's Thanksgiving week. Schools and a lot of companies shut down Thursday and Friday (except for the retails shops) which means I've got some extra hours to spend writing. I've been insanely hard at work on Destined Souls. I know many of you have been waiting a looong time for this book and I desperately wish I had released this a while ago. Unfortunately, life had other plans for this book. I'm hoping to get this finished up and through the editing process within the next two weeks, if not sooner. I really appreciate all of you that have reached out to let me know how much you enjoy the series and politely inquiring as to when book seven will be available. The answer is SOON. Don't forget to sign up for my mailing list if you haven't already done so. My ML subscribers will be the first to find out details of the release (plus get free books.)
I don't do a lot of outlining before writing- usually just some high level themes of what I want to capture in a chapter and then I start typing. The words come in spurts and usually start faster at the beginning, lag in the middle, and then come on strong at the end. I'm always surprised when I type the final words in a story. I'm never ready for it to be over, but I'm always anxious to share it with my readers. In the interest of sharing, below is a somewhat spoilery excerpt from Destined Souls.
Kaylie & Rafe. Sigh. I adore them.
I'll be posting a sneak peek soon into the first chapter of so of the book. I'm really excited to see what you all think. Let me know in the comments what you're hoping to see in Destined Souls.