Will there be a Blue Fire #2/sequel/another story in Drageria?
Yes, but… I have not written it yet. I don’t know when it will be, but I do plan on returning to Drageria eventually.
I never expected Blue Fire to take off as it did.
Blue Fire was my very first (completed) book. The year: 1994. Age: 14. Needless to say, it needed some work, though I didn’t realize it yet. In the 90’s and 00’s, common advice to unpublished authors was to write a standalone with series potential and wait for a contract before writing Book Two. In those days, most publishing was through New York (traditional publishing). It was slow, difficult, and required some amount of luck. Landing an agent, getting an editor, and publishing a single book took YEARS. For example, a top agent could get 15,000+ queries/year, but he/she might sign only a single client. Then you still needed the editor and publisher to say yes.
Publishing is Luke blowing up the Death Star.
New authors were encouraged not to spend a lifetime on a series but on many Book Ones. Even published authors rarely wrote Book Two without a contract. For reasons beyond the scope of this post, unless a contract existed, a second book would never see the light of day. Even then, a series contract could be canceled.
I was never Luke. I was Red Leader. As the years went by, I wrote many books. Once upon a time I did have an agency, but none of my books got past the acquisitions stage at a publisher. Blue Fire was redrafted in full no less than three times over twenty years.
New York never wanted it.
The last time I queried Blue Fire, not a single agent asked to see the full manuscript. This was devastating because, by this phase in my career, agents frequently gave me honest I love this but… rejections. I finally chatted with an agent-turned-acquaintance at a conference. He told me that my writing was fantastic, but dragons were a no-go.
Another few years went by. I decided for very many reasons to independently publish, starting with Unseen Beauty. To my shock, it did better than people usually expect a first independently published book to do. Way better.
I eyed Blue Fire. I loved dragons. I loved Adara. Should I try it? After all… no one dies from publishing a bad book. Lose some money, sure. Feel embarrassed, absolutely. But my parents would be thrilled. And I had wanted to share Adara and Shamino and Mettalise for so long…
I invested in the publication.
Blue Fire eclipsed Unseen Beauty’s sales within four months.
I guess dragons aren’t that bad?
Now people are clamoring for a Book Two. Which leaves me slack-jawed while simultaneously giddy with excitement. And embarrassed. Because, aside from a very-poorly written Tamora Pierce based fanfic BF2 written when I was 16, there is no finished sequel or companion novel.
So I need to get on that, huh?
There’s a catch though, a great difference between writer-me who put Blue Fire in its current form and writer-me today: I have four kids.
The youngest is a toddler.
No childcare. Thank you, pandemic. And I homeschool.
So in short, I’m very pressed for time. Worse, I don’t sleep much and I’ve found that sleep is very useful for creativity. I have some finished books that are being revised and slated for publication; I have on this year’s calendar some time to play and brainstorm other Drageria books. But I simply don’t have a timeline as to when BF2 comes out, and I beg your patience. In January 2020 I thought I could easily write and publish two books a year, or more; now I’m clawing for what I get. But life phases pass. THANK YOU for your love of Blue Fire and hang in there!