Today is the official UK publication date for Fractured, book 2 of the Slated trilogy! And I'm celebrating in true writer style: I've bought a new desk chair. In fact, I'm writing this as I wait for it to be delivered. And reflecting on what got me into the chair (assuming it ever arrives)...
Actually 'into the chair' kind of fits the journey.
Slated was a dream to write. Literally and all the rest of it. It started with a dream, and ended with one when it got published. But once I decided to go for it, it was also one of those stories that rushed to write itself, that insisted on its own pace and structure. I used to think writers were mad when they said that characters can take over: Kyla did just that.
Fractured, on the other hand, fought, kicked and screamed a lot of the way (come to think of it, so does Kyla in Fractured, but you'll have to read it to get more of the details).
Why the difference?
|My crystal ball wasn't working|
Good one, eh?
With Fractured, I think there was a part of it that was Book 2 Terrors. I've never had to write something to order with a deadline in place before, and I don't like the 'dead' in deadline.
|US Fractured: out in September!|
But sitting back with the benefit of hindsight, I can tell you why it went through all that agony before it sorted itself onto the page. It just had to. It was a different story to Slated, and it needed to go through a process that was different and unique to that story.
An interesting question at the end of it all, one that I've been asked a few times already, is this: which of the two am I happiest with? The book that dreamed itself into being, or the one I had to do battle to get out? In a way there is an enormous sense of satisfaction in the latter. Yet....Slated is my first, and will always hold a special place because of that. I can't choose.
To celebrate the launch of Fractured, I'm holding a special competition on my website teriterry.com: leave a comment there to have a chance to have a character named after you in book 3. Unlike book 3 itself, most of the characters in it have names, but a few need help.
Special MASSIVE thanks to my very patient editors on both sides of the pond: Megan Larkin and Rosie Turner at Orchard Books, and Nancy Paulsen and Sara Kreger at Nancy Paulsen Books.
Now time for some of this:
I'd put up a picture of my new chair, but it hasn't come yet.