In 2005, my first professionally published novel hit stores in Canada, the US, Australia, and New Zealand. Rancour was meant to be a four-book series, with the second out in 2007, the next 2009, and the final 2011. Rancour sold out its first print run within the first two years, and left its prequel, Pyre, to keep the series alive.
Rancour was in limbo for the next four years, until 2011 when the second run was finally printed. Before the third book was released, I severed ties with the publisher due to conflicts similar to these. Publishing can be a minefield of hopes and dreams up against business decisions and broken deals.
The Rancour Chronicles, now titled, RANCOR CHRONICLES, is being released in 2018 and 2019. It’s hard to believe it’s been thirteen years since this book first made its appearance.
Last night I had the pleasure of seeing long-time friend Jeremy Tankard launch his newest creation, Hungry Bird, at Vancouver Kidsbooks. As a library tech who does storytimes with preschoolers, I’m familiar with his other books. A favourite with the kids is Grumpy Bird, as you can read the book as an interactive with the kids acting out the animals plus you can discuss how you know when someone is angry and what we can do when we’re angry.
Along comes Hungry Bird, also a familiar feeling for the young and old. “Who brought me something to eat?” is the theme of this book, and again this will be an amazing picturebook for storytimes and early education. You can buy a copy from any retailer.
One of the great things about having friends who are writers, is that they do a wonderful job of offering advice when it’s needed. My original title, “One-Eyed King” has been recently over-used and so I wanted to change it.
kc dyer, one of my earliest readers of my novel, suggested, “Rise of the One-Eyed King.” As soon as I heard the suggestion, I knew that was it. That was the title.
Another friend of mine, fellow writer and storyteller Susan Cormier, worked with me on the summary (and my author profile). Again, she is an early reader and knew the story. And I loved her brilliant suggestions. Check out the link to her Vancouver Story Slam Page.
Want to know more about the book? You can pre-order a copy here: