Whilst writing Flawless Dreams a strange man showed up. He had no face. He had no place, not in the story I was writing at the time. However, I have often found that one part of my brain is different than the other and this makes strange things happen when I write.
I can’t speak for other writers, but for me, my stories play out like a movie in my head and I am just the conveyor of the story to others. It works, most of the time. Sometimes characters do things I don’t expect and no matter what I try, they won’t do what I want. Pretty sure I’m not crazy, but there are moments I’m in doubt since I don’t feel like I’m in control of the storyline.
Que up the song Return of the Phantom Stranger and enter the demonic mystery man…
I knew who he was. I have known of his existence since I started writing these stories nearly 20 years ago. He wasn’t supposed to appear yet. I hadn’t planned on him showing up for nearly five more books.
Yet, there he was. Hunting in the shadows. Repeatedly making appearances to screw with the characters and the plot of Flawless Dreams.
I deleted multiple chapters to get rid of him, but he kept worming his way back into the story. Obviously, some part of my mind believes it is time to tell his story.
This left me with a bit of a problem. As soon as I sent Flawless Dreams to K. Smith Proofs, his story began to form in my mind. I wanted a break. I spent so much time last year struggling to write and battling my own personal demons, that I didn’t want to deal with my characters’ demons.
But he refused to be ignored and by the end of the night, I was typing up the first chapter of a book I had not intended to release this year.
I spent the weekend out of town with friends and family. Lola the Destroyer got to go and she had a great time. But even though I was out of town, without my laptop, and without work on my mind, when I closed my eyes, he was there.
This is the part that makes most writers think they might be crazy. How do you explain to someone, anyone, that you can’t control a character? It’s a figment of our imagination. It isn’t like it’s a real person with needs, wants, desires, and fears. We should be in control, but sometimes, we just aren’t. Even when I’m not pounding out words on my keyboard, they continue to exist in my mind. Sometimes, they appear in my dreams, like the mystery man of Flawless has. Sometimes, they just take over a thought and we get lost in our own imagination.
Anyway, the next book will not be Ritual Dreams as I had intended. The mystery man demanded my attention and he got it. This means that Demonic Dreams will release after Flawless Dreams. I would apologize for this, but I think my readers will enjoy Demonic Dreams. It will answer some questions they have about some key issues that haunt the D&R characters.
And I’m going to try to release it as fast as I can. I know that after readers finish Flawless Dreams they will instantly want Demonic Dreams. I’m already several chapters into it and the mystery man will have his story told.