The first draft of ‘Wretched’
The first posting on this blog for ‘The Wretched of Muirwood’ was made almost 6 years ago. Amazing how time flies:
As of this posting, over 30,000 people have it on their Kindles or have purchased a copy of the print version. I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has posted a review on Amazon or Goodreads, sent me a Facebook message or an e-mail. I cannot tell you how much it makes my day getting the feedback. I spent many years writing these books, chapter by chapter, living in the world of Muirwood inside my own head. I’m grateful to everyone who has enjoyed the journey or who is just starting. Is there more to come in this world? Definitely. But I would like to finish another series first. I needed to take a break from that world for a little while and work on something new.
Here is the original first paragaph of the first draft of Wretched of Muirwood (before I had settled on some of the names):
Since the rains had lasted late that winter, Sowa slept beneath a trestle table in the kitchen on a scratchy wool blanket. She slept under the table because she didn’t want anyone stepping on her if they snuck in to steal the heel of a loaf or take a lick of butter. Most of the monks of Avenyon abbey would have probably raided the buttery instead for a quick sip of ale, but the kitchen was probably the next best place to snatch something forbidden, like some leftover bacon or corncakes or one of Pasqua’s fritter buns crammed with cherries. Pasqua’s desserts were the best.
My next project, Druidecht, is shaping up nicely. Hope to be finished with it this summer and will be asking for some help from advance readers who are interested.