Today, I’m happy to announce the release of The Story of Sorrel!
If you have followed my writing for any amount of time, you’ll know who Sorrel is. (If you haven’t followed my writing until recently, this is an excellent way to get into the story, as it stands alone fairly well.) Sorrel was without a doubt one of the most popular characters from The Rise of the Red Shadow, which was itself a story about one of the most popular characters from The Book of Deacon. If you do the math, the favorite character from the prequel about the favorite character of the main series is basically popularity squared.
This has been simmering for a long time. I would write little chunks of it whenever I was in the car or on the train. Any long trip when it would have been irritating for me to use my full-size computer. I would pull out my phone or chromebook and write a little bit of what would become The Story of Sorrel. There was even a big hand-written hunk in one of my big fat moleskine notebooks.
Slowly, over the course of many years, it grew into what it is today. First it was a short story. Then a Novella. Now, at about 60,000 words, it’s a full novel.
So what’s it about? Well, if you read The Rise of the Red Shadow, you’ll know the circumstances under which Sorrel left our hero. This story picks up a few weeks to a few months after that, in the place that she had been headed to when we last saw her. In the story, we’ll see how Sorrel raises her kids, and see how serious she can get. If you look at that excellent cover art by Nick Deligaris, you’ll see she’s not afraid to go toe to toe with a particularly terrifying dragon (who may seem familiar to long-time readers).
This story is one of my shorter ones. It’s about a third the length of any individual piece of The Book of Deacon. But I think you’ll like it. Early readers seem to be enjoying it. So if you’re interested, pick up The Story of Sorrel from all the usual places.
Until next time, thanks for reading!