A Little Late for an Update!

Well, it has been almost 18 months since I last gave an update here. I spent the majority of that time finishing up grad school, which I did this summer. Woohoo! So, sadly to say, the book had to take a back seat.

But now I’m back, and I’ve been writing more than ever. I think I’ve added more new content in the last few months than I’ve added in the last several years. I’m having to rewrite the entire beginning because, well, little Marie couldn’t quite conceptualize a good story in the beginning. But as I’ve been working and brainstorming, I’ve changed things that I think will make the story much more what I originally wanted it to be. I’m anticipating a title change, so when I settle on that, you’ll be the first to know!

The series will discuss what it means to be a family and how to live with mental illness. And you may think, “But wait, Marie, I thought you were writing high fantasy?!” I am! Who says fantasy can’t speak to real-life struggles? I think that’s what makes the best fiction. Because fantasy people are still just people.

I hope you stick around for the ride. I’m having a blast realizing this dream of mine, and I can’t wait to share it with you.

My goal is to have a complete first draft by summertime so I can do my first round of edits and send it off to beta readers before the end of 2021. I would love to have a spring 2022 release if possible, if not sooner. But we’ll see how that goes. As for now, I just need to keep trucking along to get this first draft finished. Can’t do anything until that happens!

Thanks for all the love and support!


Writer Update

Hello fantasy peeps!

I know it has been ages since my last blog post, but my summer classes are kicking my butt! I just wanted to give a quick update in this post because I’m working on a post where I will reveal all the names of the major players in The Elven Dilemma (I know, I know. I can hardly contain my excitement!!!!) I’ll be posting that one shortly.

As I mentioned in a previous post, The Elven Dilemma has evolved into a five-part series, so I ran a poll on Twitter and Facebook (shameless plug to my social media handles) asking my fans if they would rather see my dwarf book or my human book next. And the votes have been tallied…

Drumroll please…

Dwarf book wins by a landslide! (That might be a pun. You’ll just have to wait and see)

I will admit I was hoping dwarves would win. I am so excited to research more about dwarves and begin telling the story of Maara, the dwarf who just doesn’t seem to fit in with the rest of her people. But you’ll have to stay tuned for more info on her. I still have to finish up The Elven Dilemma first. I’m almost at 68k words. Eeeee, so excited!