By Diego's Blog | July 28, 2013 at 02:27 PM EDT | No Comments
The third fantasy fiction book in the Diego's Dragon series is finished.
As you can see by the title of this Blog, one lucky student has submitted the best subtitle for the contest, so far. The contest ends on September 30, 2013, so there's lots of time left. Seeing as how the major battle in this book is between Magnifico's fantasy dragons and the Spanish conquistadors, and it takes place in the bay near Tenochitlan, this student's subtitle works best for now.
This YA book turned out to be very strong. I'd love to tell you all about it, but then I'd spoil the story for you. I just completed the first editing pass, so now I consider it done. A year ago it was an idea, nothing more. I knew the Sol Dragones were going to fight the conquistadors, and that Satadon was going to change history somehow, but that's all it was at the time, a head full of thoughts. I can't express the joy I feel when a simple idea becomes a finished novel, especially one as powerful as this one.
So now the work begins. You've seen the illustration of Captain Pizarro. Benito is working up ideas for the cover (you're going to love it!), my critique group is tearing the first draft to shreds, and I am hoping to have one of the top new fantasy books available by October (ha-ha).
Eight and a half years ago I decided to follow this path. I'm so glad I did.