For once, I got a book to my editor on schedule. The past delays weren’t because I missed a deadline, but because I failed to book her in advance. She was booked solid when I was ready with Sting of the Scorpion, so I had to wait six weeks for her to be able to fit me in.
But this time around, I was ready. And I got my part done on time! Flood of the Fire is now in her capable hands. If all goes well, I’ll be able to share the book with you in the fall. I can’t wait to find out what you think about the conclusion of the Outlawed Myth Series.
Unexpected Validation of an Artistic Choice
In other news, I received some unexpected validation this week.
Back in 2013 or so, an early reader of Flight of the Spark commented that Iskra was the most ridiculous name for a person, real or imagined.
I figured he was entitled to his opinion but didn’t take his advice. After all, I chose the name because “Iskra” is the Russian word for “spark.” Iskra in Flight of the Spark was the spark that set so many events into motion.
No one else objected to the name, at least that I’m aware of.
Recently I picked up the third volume of the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas. Imagine my surprise and delight when I discovered that she had named a character Iskra. Granted, hers is a minor antagonist, much different from meek, reflective Iskra in my novel.
But Sarah Maas didn’t think it was a ridiculous name, that’s for sure. If Iskra is a good enough name for one of her characters, it’s definitely good enough for one of mine.