There are some stories that write themselves, and other stories you write and write and write. Sunbolt was both for me.
I wrote the first chapter or so of Sunbolt as a short story that ended rather abruptly because I couldnât figure out what the ending actually was. I wasnât even sure what the story was about, so I gave it the working title of âNight Storyâ (since most of it took place at night) and left it at that. It sat quietly on my laptop for a long time, perhaps a couple years. Every now and then I would come back to it, scratch my head, make a few attempts to figure it out, and leave it alone again. Then, while traveling overseas to be with my in-laws during a family illness, the first three novellas of the Sunbolt Chronicles came pouring out of me.
Then I left Sunbolt alone again for nearly three years, while I polished up my debut novel to release and worked on other projects. When I came back to Sunbolt, I knew this was a project I wanted to publish and to complete (there should be about six novellas all told). So I started revising. The funny part? Not a single scene from the original beginning that I wrote and pondered over is left. Bit by bit, it got chipped away, re-visioned, and rewritten. But the story that it inspired still has me in its grip, and Iâm looking forward to bringing you the rest of Hitomiâs adventuresâ¦
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A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Sunbolt will be donated to the United Nations Childrenâs Fund. UNICEF fights for the survival and development of the worldâs most vulnerable children. Find out more at http://www.unicefusa.org.