WRITING THE SEQUEL – THE BEGINNINGS
A little quick background for ya… in November of 2007 I began writing what I thought would be my Epic Horror Novel and call it Death Metal. I got the title right. But the rest? Nope.
The Epic part is subjective at best, the Horror turned into Thriller (with some Horror elements, of course) and the Novel part became Novella at almost 30,000 words.
I edited it for nearly a year while writing a ton of short stories, most of which were published and sold, and then submitted it and got Death Metal accepted by a reputed small press, my very first longer-than-a-short-story piece to be released by another publisher. On January 1st 2009 Death Metal was released, billed as an Urban Horror story (no idea what that really means) and sold on their website and defunct horror website that sold print books. And nowhere else.
It sold 19 print copies in the year it was out (there were no eBooks). Reviewers noted it wasn’t a horror story. Reviewers hated the cover art. Reviewers outnumbered the readers.
So when the year was up I took it back, thanked the publisher and sat on it for awhile. Then, on April 6th of 2011, I re-released it myself, with new (simpler) cover art that at least didn’t have a punk rock dude on keyboards playing onstage in a Metal band (and in the book there was never a concert for the one-man mysterious band), and billed it as a Thriller.
Here’s the description, along with some great authors who read it and blurbed:
No one had ever connected Daniel as the brains behind seven brutal concept albums about Satanism and the dark figure Natas, but when a teenager quotes lyrics from his musical work, Daniel fears his ten-year old daughter, Missy, is in trouble. His fears are founded when she is kidnapped. The kidnappers want Daniel to complete the last three albums for his former band – and return him to the demons he had tried to escape. Daniel can save her, but can he save himself?
“Rosamilia jams the E-major of dark crime in Death Metal. That scream you hear is the electric-soaked feedback of scorching prose.” ~ Scott Nicholson, author of Scattered Ashes
Death Metal is a sharply written tale that starts quick and works its way to an edge-of-the seat ending you won’t forget. It’s one of those stories you just can’t stop reading. Bravo! Or should I say Rock and Roll! ~ Laura J. Underwood, Author of The King’s Wind and The Green Women
With Death Metal, Rosamilia keeps you anxious to turn each page, and leaves you wanting more. A spectacular read that will not disappoint. ~ C. S. Johnson, author of The Watching
I’ve sold quite a few eBooks and print books in the last year (at one point, in January of 2012, I sold 20 print copies of Death Metal in two weeks, more than my total in the year they had it).
I’ve had many people ask me about a sequel, which I didn’t think was even possible. I thought I’d wrapped up all the threads, all the plotlines to the story…
And then it hit me. The one person in the story that I’d glossed over in my head, the one person that could move the story forward but in a totally new and different direction.
I put the idea away, because I didn’t know if I could even pull it off. I hemmed, I hawed, I took a few notes and even started an opening chapter that I discarded. It couldn’t be done.
I wrote other novellas and short stories in the last year, moving my writing in a new direction. But Death Metal kept nagging at me. And each month I add new readers and new fans who seem to enjoy the story, and always complain they want more.
I’ve decided to write the sequel, even though it scares me to do justice to a novella I consider my first-born, the baby that gave me the courage to write longer stories and make a go of being an actual ‘real’ author instead of just a writer.
The idea is ready, and July 2012 will be the month I begin and hopefully finish the second part, which will be set six years after the end of Death Metal.
Death Cult: Death Metal 2 will once again combine death metal music, violence, drugs, a thriller/horror plotline, and so much more.
This is the first time I’m announcing it (thanks for the chance!) so I guess there’s no backing down now…
I guess I’ll go write something thrilling and horrific… wish me luck!
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