Number one son and I leave for our first ever mother/son trip together on Tuesday. We're spending a few days at Disney. There's something wonderful about your kids getting old enough to do stuff like this with. It almost makes up for the sleepless nights and diapers, almost. Being a SAHM and a homeschooler, I'm around my boys 24/7, so sometimes it can be tough to find a moment to write. I've promised myself an hour a day, dedicated to the books, especially now that I'm on book 8. There are only 2 more after this, and it's all in my brain. Thank goodness for outlines. This book, as of now, will be broken up in to 3 parts, and further broken up in to chapters for each set of kids. I'm "almost" done with part 1, which is 6 chapters. I know I won't write at all while we're at Disney, so I've got a goal to get done with Part 1 before we leave. Fingers crossed!
As an avid reader myself, I can totally appreciate the ease of an author offering books in more than one way. Whether you like getting them one at a time, or in a bundle, you're all set. Last night I took the time to put together a box set for the first 6 books. They're still all on Kindle Unlimited, but if you don't have that, you can save a few dollars as opposed to buying each on its own. I'm working on book 8 right now. The first two chapters are finished, and I'm well into the 3rd. With this book being again around 30,000 words, I'm hoping to have it all done and published in the next 3 weeks. We'll see! I'll keep you posted.
How much of what I write is real? More than I care to admit. Here's the deal though, I have two boys, they can be completely nutso, and more than a bit flaky.
This is Ty, our dog. The beautiful silvery shimmering armor you see is indeed two "build your own" kits of Aaron's Thinking Putty all mashed together. You'll read this story in book 7 (it comes out tomorrow, I'm so excited!), and yes, yes it's true. I had to shave him, the boys were in big time trouble. His fur has finally grown back though, he was ashamed to be seen in the yard for like a whole month.
The part in book 2 where Jed reminisces about how dumb Thomas can be? All of those things happened. He really did shoot my mom's duck with a BB gun, and he really did have to bring it home, clean it, and eat it.
My mother in law had a lovely caricature portrait made of my father in law. She set it on the table to remember to pick up a frame at the store. My son (and it's all the same son here) picked it up, taped it to a light pole outside and wrote "WANTED" across it.
And yes, we really do homeschool. NOT because my kids are nuts, but yeah, it probably saves me a lot of parent/teacher conferences.
As you know, I started writing the series to keep my kids on board with reading. If your kids are like mine, they might not share your love of sitting on the couch with your nose in a book. How I gave birth to such offspring, I do not know, but I work with it.
When I started the series, I envisioned it as a silly sort of story that could go on forever. I could endlessly dream up new scenarios in which Jed and the gang would find themselves embroiled.
The story took on a life of its own and I came to realize that it definitely had an ending. Let me tell you, as sad as my kids are that it'll end, I'm relieved! I love the Jumpers, I think they're super cool, but I also think they've had a lot happen these past few months, and they must be exhausted!
They're kids, after all. They'd love to get back to some normalcy, go on vacation with the parents, or just chill in bed with their iPads.
So, right now, I'm going to say I've got 3 more books coming in The World Keepers series, and then it'll be time to move on to something else.
Book 8 is already outlined, and I hope to release it around this time next month. Books 9 and 10 have definite direction, and I've known since the beginning how it all ends (or at least I've known since I realized it had an ending).
Don't worry though, there's more on the horizon, and I promise it'll be stuff my kids love, so hopefully you all will love it, too.