I’m pretty hardheaded at times. I admit it. I sometimes have to hear a bit of advice multiple times before it actually sinks through my thick skull. But I finally listened to the fans and the friends who have been urging me to release my short fiction work in a collection.
Originally, I was going to stuff all my short stories into one tome, but I like things to be a bit orderly. There were a slew of old gothic/romance/horror vampire shorts on my hard drive and they just seemed to land in the short story collection like a redheaded stepchild. Pretty…but just not quite fitting in with all the brunettes. So I yanked out all the vampire shorts and put them into another document. That is when I began to see certain themes in all the stories: love, blood, and revenge.
Last night I excitedly laid out the vampire short stories and worked on a publishing plan for the collection. (Another collection of my other horror works will come out later this year.)
Basically, the stories are written and just need a final edit. I have already contacted one of my regular editors to see if she has a slot available for me. Right now the collection is with the test readers. These are older stories, so I’m anxious to get their feedback. I have contacted several cover artists about working on the cover and I believe Detra may be returning for this cover (squeal of delight). His work was previously seen on the original self-published As The World Dies novels.
It will start off being a Kindle exclusive when released and later be available in other ebook formats. Since it is a slim tome, it will be available in paperback format at conventions I attend and probably on my own website. It would just be too expensive if I tried to sell the paperback version via the regular online retailers.
The name of the collection at this time is BLOOD & LOVE and Other Vampire Tales.
I will keep you posted as I move closer to publication.