I admit it, Fortified Dreams kicked my ass. Not because it didn’t flow, it did, really well. Not because it was difficult, it wasn’t, everything just kept falling into place. Not even because it is the longest book I’ve ever written, Dark Cotillion is 40,000 words longer than Fortified Dreams.
However, it is the most complicated book I have ever written. I knew when I finished Mutilated Dreams that the one immediately after it was going to be difficult. It had quite the cliffhanger and that cliffhanger promised that something big was coming. It did, in the form of Fortified Dreams.
First, there was a ton of groundwork to be done. Not every serial killer in the Fortress had been discussed in the series. As a matter of fact, very few had. They all needed stories. Then there were other characters that needed backstories and were important to the plot.
It was hard to balance the action and the downtime. The prose and dialogue were another factor. The story held some surprises for me as well.
Now that it is finished, I have decided to shut my brain off for a day or two. Unfortunately, I’ve finished all three seasons of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries on Netflix, so I have to find something else to watch while my brain recovers.
Whilst I recover, enjoy Mutilated Dreams and don’t forget to review it!