A little while back, I invited all of you to ask me questions so that in the process of answering them I will find inspiration for blog posts. You are all awesome and have provided me with much fodder for future posts. Do keep asking questions in the comments as you think of them, and I will keep creating post-answers. This process is a direct way for me to know what is truly interesting to all of you!
Some of the questions asked, however, are not really things I can expand into a full length blog post. So I'm going to answer them here and there in this "Short Question - Short Answer" series.
The first question in this series is: "Could one of your secret projects be the elusive Goblin Son you mentioned quite a while back?"
To which I reply, WHAT? Did I really already give that title away??? Whoops. So much for the exciting future Title Reveal . . . lol.
But my answer is actually "No" for the present. Of all the various secret projects I have in the works at the moment, Goblin Son is not one of them. It may quite possibly be on the table in the next year or two, but that depends on a few other things in the writely schedule . . . such as what goes on with the current Super Secret projects!
But I will tell you a few interesting tidbits . . .
1. I wrote a rough draft for Goblin Son a year before I sold the manuscript for Heartless.
2. That version of it was called The King of Arpiar. But that title no longer fits with the series' brand.
3. It was the manuscript in which I first discovered Imraldera and Eanrin might have a . . . thing . . . going on. Who knew?
4. It was written as a prequel to a novella I wrote back in high school . . . which was titled Lord Aiven's Daughter.
5. Who were the three men with the same face pictured in that enigmatic painting referenced in Heartless, Veiled Rose, and Moonblood? Well, Goblin Son might just have the answer . . .
6. Diarmid appeared on the scene for the first time in that manuscript, though I'm not sure that will be the case when I sit down to write it "for real."
7. Guta the Beater (a character referenced in Starflower) made his first appearance in that manuscript as well, though he didn't have a name at the time. Again, not sure if he'll feature in the "real" version.
8. Khud the goblin, whose name gets dropped in Moonblood and Dragonwitch, also made a brief appearance in that old manuscript. But he never seems to get more than a bit part, poor guy.
9. Anahid featured prominently in that manuscript. While I'm not certain if Diarmid will or not, I'm pretty sure Anahid will keep her role, though it might be reduced.
10. Beana doesn't feature in that manuscript at all.
Iubdan's Beard! Now I wish this story was my current Super Secret project . . .