Thomas Locke: I wish someone would ask these two questions:
How did you develop such a sense of natural flow out of a realm that doesn’t exist?
How did you manage to structure a fantasy where the logic and surprise fit together powerfully?
With Emissary, it came together as naturally as breathing. This happens sometimes. I wish it happened more often, but that is really in God’s hands.
With Merchant of Alyss, it was the exact opposite. I burned with this story. I had to write it. The passion and the joy were immense. But it was still such a struggle. And the first draft reflected this.
So I completed the work. Then I set it aside. Six weeks later I did a full-bore redraft. Then I set it aside again.
Six weeks later I did another total redraft. Then I sent it to the editors, who said, “Don’t change a thing.”
Then I did the entire process a third time. It went into line edits. And I did it a fourth and final time. A lot, lot, lot of work to make it as smooth and simple as Emissary was at first draft.
Your turn to ask a question!
Do you have questions about the Legends of the Realm fantasy series? Ask away in the comments, and I’ll respond in future blog posts.