Over the next eighteen days, I’ll be releasing the revised edition of The Forgiving, chapter by chapter, on a special website.
The revised edition of the eBook is now available in full HERE. The paperback will be available soon.
The first two chapters are already posted on The Forgiving website under The Book So Far… .
I thought I should make a quick note here:
Lake Arcadia: A Sex-Magic Novel is up on Amazon in eBook and paperback.
It already has two 5-Star reviews. I’m very happy about this. It seems some people are reading it very quickly!
It’s a contemporary gay romance with strange fiction elements like a pagan cult and time travel. The reviews sell it better than I ever could. It makes me feel really great that readers are really loving it.
You can see for yourself HERE.
So Lake Arcadia, my first romance novel, took me about two and a half years to write. Though, I’ve kind of lost track, to be honest.
How do people write romance novels so fast? Some romance writers produce a book a month! I tried to write mine fast, and it took me two years longer than expected.
There are probably a few factors as to why this is the case.
- I’m new to the romance genre.
- My book very clearly rejects some of the romance novel formula.
- There are some strange fiction elements that complicate things.
- I’m trying to hold my third-person prose to a high standard and didn’t want to compromise.
- My novel is fairly ambitious for something with erotic content.
- Oh yeah, and I’m a slow writer, rewriting everything over and over.
I’m not sure I’ll ever write an erotic romance again. I feel like I’ve left everything on the table with Lake Arcadia, but who knows what ideas will strike me in the future. That said, there will probably always be erotic and romantic elements in most of the stuff I write. Sex and romance are basic elements of life. But they aren’t ALL of life.
On the up side, this book is the longest I’ve written, and it took me the shortest amount of time to write. I’m making progress.
I definitely think Lake Arcadia taught me a lot. I can’t wait for you to read it.
Lake Arcadia: A Sex-Magic Novel is tangentially inspired by The Great God Pan, a novella by Welsh writer Arthur Machen, who inspired much of H. P. Lovecraft’s writing. Stephen King described The Great God Pan as “Maybe the best [horror story] in the English language.” I wouldn’t go that far, but it’s worth reading.
To be clear, Lake Arcadia isn’t at all horror. In fact, it’s fairly lighthearted, but inspiration can come from the strangest places.
Public outdoor sculpture at Columbia: The Great God Pan