Ok, so I was thinking about my series A Realm Hereafter today. Surprising, I know. What I was thinking about was not entirely new. I’ve considered it for a short moment while writing Book 4 but today I was really thinking about it. So here it is. I think I’ve decided that I am going to do another short series. It will be a spinoff of A Realm Hereafter with the main characters being some new people in Books 4 and 5. But for a brief moment in the series, my Hereafter characters will not be in the spinoff. The new storyline will be slightly introduced in my current series but not enough to give away the entire plot. It will be a story that is unfolding parallel to Hereafter and eventually they intersect. It would be an interesting idea that I hope will turn out well. However, I have several other stand alone book ideas that I want to tackle before I pursue this venture.
When I first began writing The King’s Son I had my two main characters, Fen and Exendrik, all figured out. I knew their backstory, their personalities, and how they would interact with each other. But the one thing I hadn’t taken the time to sit down and think about was what the story was actually going to be about. I had characters. I had an ending I had already written and needed to get to. Now I needed a story.
First, I knew I needed something to be stolen. My original idea was to have a ring with magical properties to be taken, putting the kingdom at risk. However, this was around the time the Lord of the Rings movie was coming out and, having not read the books before, I realized a powerful magic ring was not an original idea. So I tossed that storyline away and thought about other items. Nothing I could think of seemed to be worth stealing if it wasn’t magical and I felt that would be too close to LotR. Then one day I came up with a brilliantly simple idea. A key. They are small, easy to hide, and stolen all the time. And though it had no magical properties at all, it was powerful in its own right. For it had the power to keep a kingdom safe or open it to the dangerous world outside. And so the story of The King’s Son was born and brought with it the five book series, A Realm Hereafter.