So I’ve been spending a lot of time working on a NewShiny. Not like writing-working, but background stuff. I’ve worked up a character list, am in the middle of reworking my initial deity stuff for the culture the MC’s a part of, and have lots of notes for book 1, and just enough notes to give me an idea of what books 2 and 3 are going to be about. At this point, NewShiny is set at a trilogy, but I’m not excluding the possibility of more books developing.

I’m not going to go too much into the first book’s plot. What I will say, though, is that the premise behind it was inspired by my friend Lazette Gifford’s book. I think I posted its cover here on my site a few weeks ago when I first started reading it. Raventower and Merriweather 1: Secrets, a secondary-world steampunk. I spent most of the past weekend from Friday just tearing through that book, mainly because I desperately wanted to read the NewShiny Zette’s book inspired and there’s nothing except notes, background work, and, at the time, only one plot card on it, so Zette’s book was the only thing that would suffice. LOL

Premise of Zette’s book is that Lord Raventower possesses an odd gift for attracting the souls of the recently-dead, which he can then inject into his clockwork creations. Some of these souls remain in those devices, but sometimes the soul goes on to its proper rest. He does not seek these souls out; they go to him on their own. The story is a mystery set against the opening of a war with a neighboring country with whom Raventower’s country has an uneasy peace.

Zette’s book got me to ask, “What if the person who attracted such souls to themself was a female who after some struggle actually sort of embraced her soul-sucking ability?” And thus Leopolda was born. She starts off by accidentally—but justifiably (in my opinion)—killing a family member. My story, like Zette’s, is a secondary world steampunk, but it’s more character driven and I think it’s going to be a bit politcially intriguey as well as I develop the other two stories. I have a feeling that at least book 3 has potential to become a bit of a massive tome, and that there may be adventures for Leopolda beyond it. But I’m quite satisfied with the books I have in mind now.

Oh, and what’s really amazing about this whole setup, is that Leopolda’s book 1 is the first book 1 I’ve ever had a very clear idea of the ending of upon conception. Typically, I have a vague notion of what the ending of book 1 may be, but no clear, definite idea of it until I’m either almost done with the book or have written past its natural ending. I’m really happy my creative mind presented me with a definitive ending for Leopolda’s book 1.

Working title for the series is “Soulsucker,” which I desperately want to change to something a bit less obvious.