June 24th, 2018
I always like to have a secret project or two on the go. Something with no contract, no expectations. Something I can muck around with when the book gets overwhelming, or when I’ve got a bit of spare time.
Friday before last, I finished a draft of Rogues Book 3, Haunted Warriors, and wanted to take a bit of time away from it so it could cook. So for the last week, I’ve been working on Secret Project #3.
(Actually, I suppose it’s Secret Project #2 now. Secret Project #1 was the picture book, Ella and the Ocean, and that’s not a secret anymore, so everything has moved up one place.)
I hadn’t looked at this particular project for quite a while, so it was nice to discover that I was further along with it than I’d thought. In fact, I had a whole finished draft. But my first drafts are always pretty sketchy, so I spent last week opening things up a bit and making the people more real.
Now of course I want to keep going with it, because it’s nearly done. But I’ll go back to Haunted Warriors, because I do want to see how it reads, after a week away from it. And how Duckling and Pummel are getting along. And the chicken …
Incidentally, Rogues Book 2, Secret Guardians, has just gone to the printer!
Lian Tanner has been dynamited while scuba diving and arrested while busking. She once spent a week in the jungles of Papua New Guinea, hunting for a Japanese soldier left over from the Second World War. Nowadays she lives by the beach in southern Tasmania with a large fluffy tomcat called Harry-le-beau.More about Lian