And the Winner Is? (My Next New Series)

Austin Dragon Behind The Scenes, Writing 68 Comments

Last month, I had asked my readers and fans by email and in (my previous) blog post to help me pick the project that would be my next series. I have three now: The After Eden Series (sci-fi), The Sleepy Hollow Horrors (classic horror/paranormal), and Liquid Cool (cyberpunk/detective thriller). Overwhelming, the choice was for…fantasy!

I was surprised but one respondent I think put his finger on it: “there hasn’t been a good one in a long time.” Right now it seems that whenever you say fantasy people either think of Lord of the Rings (love it) or Game of Thrones (hate it).

So that’s my writing challenge which I’ll be engaged in for the entire month of November for NanoWriMo. Some of you might be saying, “Austin, you can’t map out an entire world for a good, or even decent, fantasy series and write 50,000 words in month.” Yes, I agree completely. You can’t. But this fantasy project of mine was mapped out and outlined two years ago! I actually wrote the first chapter back in 2014, but then got sidetracked by two other projects (one of which was Liquid Cool) so I filed it away. The novel is ready to go and has been for these past couple of years.  Now it’s time to write…and I’ll be doing a lot of that for NanoWriMo and in the months to follow.

P.S. Oh yeah, since my last name is Dragon, there will be no dragons in my fantasy novel. Just not doing that, sorry. But don’t worry. It’ll still be good though and fantasy mythology has lots of creatures to choose from.

P.P.S. For those who picked the other two choices, don’t worry. They’ll be written afterwards.

Which monster would you like to see in my fantasy novel? Comment below.

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    Austin Dragon

    Austin Dragon

    Author of the sci-fi After Eden Series, classic Sleepy Hollow Horrors, cyberpunk detective series, Liquid Cool, and new epic fantasy adventure, Fabled Quest Chronicles. He is a native New Yorker, but has called Los Angeles, California home for the last twenty years. Words to describe him, in no particular order: U.S. Army, English teacher, one-time resident of Paris, political junkie, movie buff, Fortune 500 corporate recruiter, renaissance man, dreamer.

    Comments 68

    1. I like when they have weaknesses. So please don’t make them all powerful. I fell them closer to me and easier to emphatize with when they have problems.

    2. I would love a book with Valkyries. I think we women deserve to be shown as fearless fighters. Thank you for this opportunity.

    3. I love Dragons and really think you did a fantastic job! Congrats on all you did and still continue to do. I would freak out to be the winner and get to really truly find out just how great!

    4. I think Harpies would be fun to include. It would create a scenario whereby characters would need to conceal food and find ways to stay nourished.

    5. I would like your next creature to be a sea monster or a spitting fire angry dragon. The creature you select will be detailed and enhanced with your imagination.

    6. I have just started reading and very much enjoying books with greek mythology and creatures. It would be awesome if you would write a series like that!!

    7. Randomly pick something out of a D&D monster manual, that hasn’t been used to death (i.e. no zombies, vampires, witches, dragons, etc.)

    8. I would like to see something unique to your imagination, something that can provide more depth to the story.

    9. I am tired of the same old, same old…vampires, dragons, sirens, etc. How about some good old Valkyries!

    10. I would like to see the Malchai. These skeletal figures are vaguely human in conduct and appearance, save for the dark bones beneath their translucent skin, and their ember red eyes. The Malchai are solitary, independent predators that feed on blood. They are weakened by sunlight, but still capable of moving in it.

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        Tamara, if there was a Jeopardy round for mythological creatures, I’d win! I don’t have a Kelpie but something else that does the same thing!

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