One of the most exciting aspects of being a writer is when a story or novel takes off in directions that you have not anticipated. Some novels I write are more well-plotted than others. Some have an overreaching arc and need details filled in. And then some hit major plot points but are largely unmapped. These are the ones that often have a life of their own. One of my current Kindle Vella Novels, The Story of Enid, a sequel to The Broken Vow, is indeed a novel that is taking off in unexpected directions.
The whole idea to write about this werewolf, Ethan Garraint/Etienne/or even Geraint from the Arthurian Tales if you’d rather, was an odd occurrence for me. The character first surfaced in a short story called “Wolves” and reappeared in a later tale, “The Broken Window.” At that point, it became clear to me that this particular character needed his own novel, which ultimately became The Broken Vow. The Story of Enid, its sequel, which I decided to flesh out in Kindle Vella, is more of a love story than The Broken Vow. It is essentially the tale of Ethan Garraint, torn between two women who happen to live in different eras and happen to possess the same spirit. It’s definitely taken some unexpected twists that I did expect when I began.
I’ve just posted two new episodes this month on Kindle Vella. I hope you check out The Story of Enid and take this unanticipated journey with me.
(The first three episodes at Kindle Vella are always Free!)
When one realizes that a long-lost soulmate has been reincarnated, it poses some complications. When you have been a werewolf for nearly a millennium, the complications explode exponentially. Ethan Garraint understands that he should stay far away from Erin Holt, but she is in his city, New Orleans, and possibly in danger. And the truth is, he doesn’t want to stay away. He only wants to remind her of the lifetime they lived long ago, when they were more than lovers, when they became legend.
Some years back a good friend of mine and I had a pact that every Halloween we would write each other a Halloween story. After a few years of this, I wrote one entitled “Wolves” which was the story of a sort of vigilante who was on the hunt for a diabolical werewolf that had killed her parents. Well, it turned out the werewolf in question wasn’t so diabolical but rather an enigmatic European fellow who at present was a carpenter who built his own furniture. A few years down the road, this particular character, Ethan Garraint, made another appearance as a supporting player in a Halloween story that I called “The Broken Window.” At this point, I was beginning to get the feeling that my werewolf needed a solo outing. So, I decided to write The Broken Vow: Vol. I of the Clandestine Exploits of a Werewolf. This story took Ethan Garraint, or rather Etienne at that time, through a very tumultuous period of his life when he lived with the Cathars at Montségur in Southern France, and hundreds of years later was in New Orleans tracking down a mysterious entity who had largely been responsible for their massacre. Within the novel, I explored some mystical concepts as Etienne was essentially mentored spiritually by the Cathar people. I always knew that I would write a sequel to this book and that the tone of this new one would change a bit. It would have to be a love story. So, as I’m finding Kindle Vella to be a very productive conduit these days, I decided to put The Story of Enid on Kindle Vella where it can function as either a stand-alone tale or a sequel. Once I complete it on Vella, I will be publishing it as a regular book and eBook. So, if you are in the mood for a werewolf tale that is just a bit unusual, I hope you’ll drop by Kindle Vella and check out The Story of Enid: The Clandestine Exploits of a Werewolf. (The first three episodes are free to read)
When one realizes that a long-lost soulmate has been reincarnated, it poses some complications. When you have been a werewolf fThe Story of Enidor nearly a millennium, the complications explode exponentially. Ethan Garraint understands that he should stay far away from Erin Holt, but she is in his city, New Orleans, and possibly in danger. And the truth is, he doesn’t want to stay away. He only wants to remind her of the lifetime they lived long ago, when they were more than lovers, when they became legend.