Chase Walker is a kick-ass friend. He has always understood my writing style and made it coherent with color and details I never imagined. He is my co-author on the Bayou series. We have a good writing and personal relationship. After being in Minneapolis for years and moving back to Waynesville NC has been a pleasure. Details in the books, the mountains are real, Waynesville and Asheville are real towns. The beauty is real. The characters are real to us.
We both have been doing other projects the last two years and been busy with life, not getting to the Bayou series.
We got together Thursday night and had a Bayou Savage discussion that had been long overdue. We discussed the 2002 beginning and the 2004 publication of “The Resurrection of Bayou Savage, Guitar Ghost Fighter.” We discussed book II “The Ghost Wars.” and we both knew exactly what happened on book III, “Attack on the Institute” and why it never was finished.
I kept adding elements and it grew too complex. I had read that adding romance was the way to go for big time ratings and profits. The problem is that it (in our small focus groups) we found that the romance took away from the other two books as paranormal action themes. As we discussed the not finished book III, I remembered my two favorite scenes in the book. Chase said he didn’t remember those scenes as he had been doing his mojo on the first half of the book. My scenes were at the end of the book. Curious if I had imagined writing those scenes I came home, pulled up the original manuscript, reread what I written years ago. It was there, yeahhh, I hadn’t imagined it, I copied and sent it to him.
But as I reread the ending it made me cry. It was the finale that I had written the book for. For me that’s not unusual. In my mind books I and II were one big book. Book III, I had the ending in mind when I started.
Last night, I had a glass of wine and thinking about that ending I wanted to finish up a few stray thoughts I had. Going into the zone, I started writing. Book IV started forming. Tentatively called “Bloodstone Moonshine or the Bloodstone Chronicles or something else… This time I took the ending from the not published book III and wrote 7 straight pages, picking up where book III left off. Probably didn’t help that I was watching John Wick 2 in the background with the wine. Somewhere between the two I found my muse and it kicked in. I have a rough outline in my mind how the book should go. Mist now has the Bloodstone and grown more powerful, Bayou is a now older, wiser guitar ghost fighter, Quirk has gone through a big change and organizing some big adjustments. Steve Johnson is a freshly minted guitar ghost fighter, and his wife Jade is there also.
So for any friends/fans of the Bayou series, if book III every gets finished, understand I am now working on book IV, lol. Its all good. Don’t know about other authors but for me if felt good getting back in touch with the characters we created. The characters have been friends for years.
ps: If any of you had not done the series, the best way to do it is to listen to the audio book. Chase does the reading with his gravely voice and the music is cool. Here is the link we posted on YouTube to give you a taste: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNkjUsI6L1I