I am an adventure-loving author with interests in science and literary fiction. I discovered I wanted to be an author when I was eleven years old. It took more than a few years to get there, and on the way I followed the great Harlan Ellison's advice and worked in all kinds of jobs, meeting all kinds of people. I have a university degree in English Literature, and concentrated on novel studies. In publishing, I have worked as a legal editor and an author's representative. I have very eclectic … Read More about About Elaine Jemmett
Here’s what I’m working on now . . .
The Black King will be the title for the second book in The Yusan Chronicles Series. This is a much longer, far more complex book than I thought I was going to write. It’s shorter than The Legacy and the Lion, but still a fairly long book. There’s a lot more conflict in this book and the psychological drama is far more intense. Readers will learn a lot more about the main characters, and about Yusay. I’m hoping they will find it an excellent read.
About the Cover(s)
The dark gray fabric version was the first draft cover I was considering. I had read that you should try to have a consistent theme for the covers in a series, so they look connected. That sounded great, and I started thinking I would use the idea of the flowing fabric as the connecting element for the series theme. Since King Gar wears a charcoal gray cloak, I came up with this idea, so I would at least have an image I could put up on the website.
But then I had a “waiiiit a minute” minute. I am planning for the series to focus on about five main characters, and not all of them wear cloaks. I saw myself virtually painted into a corner by this whole different cloak color idea. So, back to the old drawing board.
I dawdled my way through about six or seven other concepts and finally narrowed it down to two. I’ve just received a proof copy of concept number three and have ordered a proof copy of concept number five. It will come down to one of them.
I really like concept number five the best, mostly because I like the look of it, but also because it is very symbolic of the story. Plus, anyone browsing the science fiction section who comes across Cover 3 is likely going to think the book is in the wrong section and not give it a second glance.
Concept 5 is more science-fictiony, but anyone hoping for a really futuristic science fiction story is going to be surprised when they find themselves in a stone palace with characters using bows and swords and penfeathers and guzzling grapewine.
So I just don’t know. I’m really, really crossing genres with this series. Since it’s set in a post-apocalyptic future, it immediately becomes science fiction. But it doesn’t read anything like science fiction. It reads more like historical fiction, or maybe political fiction, or maybe fantasy without the magical elements (without the fantasy, arf, arf.)
I just hope it finds an audience. I’m sure there’s one out there somewhere.
But I digress. My progress update is as follows: the text is edited and polished and on its way to my beta readers. I’ve decided the release date will be June 27, 2019.