Many say they’d sacrifice themselves for the ultimate truth, but who is prepared to die for a great lie to save the lives of others?
That's the hook for my newest work, and greatest departure from all my works to date... And I can finally share some of the details about this journey.
A few months ago, I received an invitation to participate in the launch of Kindle Worlds. While it's billed (by some) as a fan fiction system that allows writers to earn money for their efforts, it's really more of a shared worlds system. The rights holders (original creators) earn profits from every work published, along with the new writers, and it's publication with permission, so you're not imposing on someone's baby without their consent.
As an author, those things were important to me. When I received the invitation, I really had to debate whether or not this was the right thing for me. Since consents were in place, I felt comfortable considering the option, but what I wasn't sure about was whether or not I had the time and information needed to step into another world.
The Foreworld Saga is immensely popular, and the prospect of stepping into that series was daunting.
However, Foreworld covers a large span of time periods, multiple characters, and story arcs. This gave me the opportunity to take the core elements of Foreworld and bring new characters into the mix.
The result is described as follows:
I can't even begin to express how nervous I was about stepping outside my genre, outside my contemporary settings, and immersing myself into a popular series. I was concerned that people might not realize at first that this doesn't connect to my prior works, which is why I've used S.M. Ruttan as the author name, but I think the description probably eliminates any confusion.
The result has been a major accomplishment for me - a first: my first #1 ranking on Amazon.
And the very best thing of all? My stepson's had a long-standing interest in The Foreworld Saga, and being connected to it has really upped my cool factor. No ranking in the world can beat impressing him.