• September 7, 2017

New Fantasy Series Coming Soon!

New Fantasy Series Coming Soon!

NEW: An EPIC Fantasy Series

After what has been close to a year of thinking about it, I have finally put pen to paper, so to speak, and began writing what will become the pilot novel for an epic new fantasy series. The series name has yet to be determined, but the pilot novel is titled BLUERAZOR.

Fans of the AWAKENED Series will be right at home with the typical Harley Austin prose, steamy romances, and an unexpected story that is not typical of everyday fantasy novels. If you’re cemented into the staid Tolkien universe of Elves, Orcs, Dwarves, and Hobbits battling armies for hoards of gold, you might not like what you read. However, if you are open to a new universe where Elven Lords fall suspicious of Humankind; where wooden sailing vessels move across the skies; and dragons and ki-rin are caught in the middle between two powerful realms, you might want to pick up a copy of the pilot book to see what happens.

 Building New Worlds: Plan by not Planning

Whenever Harley Austin sits down to write a new story, whether it’s a book within an existing series or something new like BLUERAZOR, I don’t spend weeks and months trying to figure out every detail of what this new story is going to be like, nor what the world setting is going to be. Some authors literally spend months fleshing out their universe, painstakingly detailing every piece of the social fabric of every race, critter, and how this or that “works” within their ‘verse.

I find such tedium to detail nauseating. Why? Because it locks me into something I may not like later on as the series progresses. In the end what the author ends up doing is simply recreating something they’ve already read, either in novels or from some gaming system they’ve played for years. Let me put it this way, if you have to tell the reader how magic “works” within your story, I’m done. You’re no longer telling a story, you’re rehashing your fantasy gaming days.

World building should come from the story, not something that is pre-planned. I once read an author who said they put to paper the detailed backgrounds of over a hundred people within her romance series before they even started writing the novels. This kind of thing gives me hives. Now the author is locked into relationships, personalities, backstory and all of his or her creativity must now conform to this pre-planned framework. All it does is stifle the imagination.

When Harley Austin sits down to write a story, yes, I have a vague idea of what’s going to happen as the story begins–very vague. But I just start writing. There is no planning grid of when this needs to happen, or that event needs to take place. I very often don’t know who the people are within the story until I start writing.

What emerges then, is not some pre-planned world, but pure, unbridled creativity. I am not locked into anything. I just follow the people in the story. As the story develops, yes, people and personalities develop, and a milieu rises from the pages. By the end of the first story we have a pretty good understanding of the world in which we live. But then it only builds more detail from there, not from some syllabus, but from what was created from the previous stories.

And right now some authors are having kittens trying to figure out how Harley Austin can write without “a plan”. I’ll be the first to say that this method of writing doesn’t work for everyone. In fact, probably very few. I don’t really know, I’m just guessing. The thing is, as a story progresses, my imagination is able to flow without constraint. I follow the people within the story and the truth is, I am often, very often, just as surprised as you are by what happens within the story. This happens to me in every book I write.

But now you have a sense of how a story, or even an entire world gets built from my imagination.

FREE Books!

I have placed the first two books of the AWAKENED Series, Awakened and Dominion, as permafree downloads. As always, you can read them for free as well, in fact the entire series, if you have Kindle Unlimited.

~ Harley