The Lucky Beggar trilogy started out as a short story. That was 80k words and three novellas ago. What started as a fun distraction from editing a full length novel quickly morphed into a world that I enjoyed spending time in. I never intended to write a trilogy, or a series. Getting Lucky ends somewhat abruptly because at the time I had no idea what else to write! I was quite content to leave my homeless hero and his lovable Otterhound to their own devices, but three years after that initial launch a thought nagged at the back of my head. What happened next? Lucky Shot was released a few months later.
That was over a year ago. When it came to Lucky Break I knew exactly what was going to happen, I’d already come up with the ending while writing Lucky Shot, so it was a much quicker process, only two months from writing the first word to hitting publish. That’s a PB for me, a guy who is still tweaking a novel I started 8 years ago. Just to go full circle, I didn’t intend to write Lucky Break when I did, I actually just needed to take a break from editing Trojan, and I accidentally wrote a 30k novella instead.
I’ve been inspired lately to take my writing more seriously. It’s always been a hobby, a bit of fun, but as I’ve listened to awesome podcasts like the Bestseller Experiment and the guys over at SPP I have come to realize that this is something I can run as a side hustle. It’s been a lot of fun thinking of this as a business, complete with marketing plans, budgets and ‘products’. I’m still learning an awful lot about what it means to be an Indie author, but the good news is I’m having a blast!
So here we are at the end of a story. It’s been a long time coming, but in aggregate I finally release my first ‘novel’. My plan is to make it the first of many!
Lucky Break is releasing Friday April 7th on Kindle and Kobo.