It was 2001. I was 19 years old, a freshman in college in Florida, 1,000 miles away from home when I started working on the concept for a science fiction trilogy.
I’d always gravitated toward fantasy until that point, and I wanted to write a “real” science fiction novel. At least, as real a science fiction novel as my creative/journalist/non-scientific brain could muster.
Fast forward about seven years or so, and I finished it. Three books about a ship full of bounty hunters and a lost girl with no memory. Back then, the first book in the trilogy was just called Destiny. I’ll save the other titles for other blog posts, but let’s just say they were really cheesy.
I started trying to get it published, but nobody would take it. It was too edgy of a concept. It was great writing, but it was too much of a risk. I rewrote it. And rewrote it again. It ballooned to an outrageous 370,000 words.
Yes. One novel. 370,000 words.
And I thought nobody wanted it before! I visited a writing group, and they asked me about my WIP and its word count, and I was fool enough to tell them. Yeah, if you’ve never heard an entire room of people gasp collectively, you can’t imagine the sound.
So I set it on the shelf. I gave it to the Lord. And I trusted He’d do something with it when it was time.
It took about two years, but I found a home for it. Steel Rigg Books, the mature imprint of Crosshair Press (the publishing house I helped start). But it needed to be trimmed, revised, and rewritten.
So that’s what I did, and on December 1, 2014, the world got to meet Xander, my protagonist, in Nameless, book one in the Destiny Trilogy. Book two, Namesake, followed on December 2, 2015. I’m not even going to exaggerate how many people that book angered. There were lots.
But none of that matters because on December 1, 2016, book three New Name will answer all the questions (well, most of them), and all you people who were so mad at me for book two will be kicking yourselves. Just saying. (And I’m saying it in all Christian love!)
The Destiny Trilogy is a journey. It’s a lot like life. When we start, we don’t know much about ourselves or about why we’re here. And the longer we live, the more we learn about ourselves and about God, the more we understand that we have a choice to make. We can either choose to follow God and do what He says, or we can choose to do what we think is right. And just because you do what God says doesn’t guarantee you a happy life. But in the end, your story will turn out right, because no matter how rotten life is, God is always good, He never makes mistakes, and He always keeps His promises.
I can’t wait for everyone to experience the end of this trilogy. And I’m happy to report that just because the trilogy is ending doesn’t mean the series is over. No, there’s more to Aura and Kale’s story than what the Destiny Trilogy can explain. So be on the lookout for the next trilogy, which will hopefully be releasing in a few years (I’ve got to write it first!).
But until then, you’ll definitely love exploring the world of the Destiny Trilogy books and meeting all the new characters who come onto the scene in New Name.
What’s even better? Pre-releases are now open!
You can pre-order New Name on Amazon Kindle and have it delivered directly to your device on November 30. Yes, that’s a whole day early! So any of you who are dying to know what happens and can’t wait, that’s your best option.
But for those of you who don’t mind waiting a little bit, soft-cover pre-orders are open too! Order directly from Crosshair Press, and you get two delivery options. We can ship it to you for an extra fee, or you can pick it up at our super-duper book release event in Wichita on December 3—either way, I’ll sign it for you!
If you’re in Wichita, you should definitely swing by Twisted Java Coffee Bar on December 3 from 10am to 4pm. I’ll be there signing books and answering questions and chatting. So stop in, grab some coffee, eat one of their fantastic bierocks, and get your signed copy of New Name.
And thank you, from the bottom of my heart. The Destiny Trilogy has been a journey for me, learning who I really am and realizing the depths of God’s love for me. I wouldn’t have gotten this far if you guys hadn’t been wiling to take a risk on my story, and I can’t ever say thank you enough. The only way I know how is to keep writing.
As long as you want to read my stories, that’s what I’ll keep doing!
See you December 3!