There, have a giggle, I certainly did!
First of all, thanks for your continued patience and understanding over the last year or so that I've been working at both rebranding my work as an indie and coping with the loss of my mother. Neither of these things was easy and I know it meant a lot of quiet from me, but we're all still here and things are continuing in realistic timing. Certainly much more realistic timing than I put myself under the pressure to create in the past. Trauma induced workaholism be gone!
You have my unending gratitude for everything, as always, and hopefully we'll be celebrating the release of Night is Falling sometime in the next year. I'm currently roughly halfway into the first draft and I feel really good about how it all feels. You all know that Gothic horror is my thing in most of my stories and novels, and this one is no exception, although its a bit unusual that it's become something of an Appalachian Gothic tale. Think of something like a blend of both my usual dark mood and a sort of isolationist story about rural poor folks who are honestly very like my kin in real life. Night is Falling is always changing and evolving as I go, but I'm very confident that it's central themes will remain at the end of the writing process.
A narrative about the importance of every life, the value and spirit in each of us, and the way in which many of us are senselessly forgotten, Night is Falling is horror, atmospheric, and a bit of an homage to the people who came before me and what mattered to them. That means this is a book in which everything has a story and every person has their own pieces to share, many of these pieces aren't forgotten by the people who make up the tiny place in rural Ohio but as in real life, are all too often treated like useless and meaningless facets of what it is to be human. I want you to care about everyone here and I want to see you get swept up in everything that happens. Like Bobby Gene himself, i can only tell you the story as I see it and hope that you understand why I wrote it to begin with. I'd like to think this is going to be fresh ground for me, it already is, but I think this will be a smoother and more natural place to work than I had in the past, something more like home.