I’m spending a lot of my time writing Valence Of Infinity these days. But you know what? It’s the most fun I’ve had writing in years. Don’t get me wrong, I really love the world of The Progeny, and I think it shows in the first novel in that series. Still, that is a YA story, with certain limitations.
With VOI, I do not have those limitations. I can let my characters be exactly who they are, no matter how awkwardly insane, brutal or sexual that may be. There is this one person who shows up late in the book who has the worst potty mouth you could imagine. But, again, it is part of who she is and not someone cussing like a sailor for the simple sake of such.
It’s funny. I’ve known most of these characters, the central figures, for over 20 years now. I wrote the first short story, centered on Brianna and her failing faith in existence, back in 1987. Paris came to life in 1991, along with Garrett, Elijah, Daphne, the Magistrate and several others. So these guys are like an extended (twisted) family that I’ve grown to love over the years.
To be perfectly honest, I can’t think of a good enough reason why I’ve not sat down and properly written their stories before now. I have no valid excuse. Perhaps I didn’t feel I was a talented enough writer to do them justice, until now. Perhaps, it just was not their time. For whatever reason, now IS their time and I am enamored of my own creations, who have now taken on lives of their own. Is that weird? I’m not sure.
Regardless of how long it has taken me to get this far with the world of VOI, it is going to be huge, now. I can feel it. You know, when you have that feeling of itchy anticipation, a giddiness that you can’t wait to share with… well, everyone! That’s kind of how I feel with the folks of VOI. I look forward to sharing more as I move along, as these characters take me on a ride I was bright enough to assume would be wild and crazy. Thank God I seem to have been correct.