The final edits for NIKOLAI THE PENITENT are complete and the manuscript has been sent off to the publisher! What a wild ride this has been. I've written some challenging books but this was a whole new level. I was seriously worried that I wouldn't be able to pull it off (I have the same doubts about BEAST but I had Michael Anatra to help me with that. NtP was all me).
And now, 15 months later, it's all packed up and sent of into the world. There will probably be a few more tweaks that have to be made before publication in the summer, but I can say right now that I am thrilled with the result. NtP is grim, brutal, intense, heartbreaking, uplifting, horrifying, nauseating, disturbing, and convicting. It has the strongest Christian message of any of my books to date, and I am proud of this fact. It isn't preachy or evangelistic, but the time period and subject matter let me explore deep spiritual themes without forcing them into the story, as Christian writers often do.
So for the next few days, I'll be taking some deep breaths and watching UFC fights in preparation for my next book, BALOR. Construction begins next week and I am ready to put the pedal to the metal on this one. I'm not expecting the same level of challenges as with NtP but it is going to be midnight black and sinister. I can't wait to see where this story takes my imagination!
NIKOLAI THE PENITENT will be coming your way this summer. Just to whet your appetite, here are a couple of snippets from the Goth-tastic cover that I can't wait to share with all of you!