Finally, it is here! SKELLIG: THE TALES OF CONOR ARCHER, VOL. 2 has been published!
The sequel to ROAN is available from Amazon and other book outlets as an e-book and a paperback.
People always ask, “How long did it take you to write it?” They certainly gasped when I told them it took 22 years to write ROAN, and they are stunned when I tell them it took only 7 ½ years to pen SKELLIG. I thought they would be proud that I was 66% faster in writing the newest novel.
Here’s how it works. The longest part of any novel is the journey from concept to story. This idea stage is where the author discovers his characters, their motives and the world in which they live. That takes a lot of dreaming and simply resting in the world of the novel. In fact, it takes years.
Then, of course, is the journey from story to novel. That’s the writing part and, for Skellig, that took about three years to write 162,000 words. Lots of authors find this part tedious, but I do not. As I write, my characters come to life. I only have a general plot line in mind, so scenes, events and action unfold as much as a surprise to me as they are to the reader. Finally, the journey from novel to published work is actually the shortest part of the task of birthing a book. For me, it is the most frustrating. Proofing, re-writing, editing, more re-writing, and the intricacies of the publishing world can be challenging. Usually this takes about six months.
But then it’s done! And now, I hold in my hand the finished product, a story about one of the most fascinating characters I have ever met. Conor Archer lives again in these pages to tell you a tale about friendship and courage in the midst of magic and mystery. I hope you’ll take up the challenge and plunge into this world again. You won’t regret it. Enjoy!