AUTHOR KATLYN DUNCAN RELEASES HER 11th NOVEL THE SISTERS SECRETS: PEARL
THE SISTERS’ SECRETS: PEARL, the eleventh novel by author Katlyn Duncan was published as an e-book on April 3rd, 2019. THE SISTER’S SECRETS: PEARL is the third in a trilogy.
For her entire life, Pearlina has never felt as if she belonged with her troop. Life above the surface always fascinated her, especially the humans living on land. The only opportunity for her to interact with them is during her once in a lifetime Drywalking ceremony where she must choose a human to sacrifice. Failure to complete the task will banish her from the troop for the rest of her life.
Pearlina is more than prepared for the duty. That is until she meets a handsome and charming man along with the other townspeople in The Burrow. They threaten to change everything she ever knew about the so-called dangerous creatures living on land.
As the clock ticks down her time away from her troop, Pearlina must choose between what she has always known and what feels right in her heart.
THE SISTER’S SECRETS: PEARL is available as an e-book for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, all Apple devices and at any vendor that sells e-books.
Katlyn lives in Connecticut with her family and adorably fluffy Wheaten Terrier. You can join her on Facebook, follow her on Twitter, connect on Instagram , and visit her website.
I'm so excited to share my newest release with all of you! PEARL is the final story in this trilogy of books involving a family in a small seaside town.
Pearlina lives in a hidden cove off the coast of The Burrow. She has an important mission to bring back a human to her troop. But when she reaches land, everything she thought she knew about humans was wrong. It's up to her to follow the path she was meant to or carve one out for herself.
If you haven’t read my Retrospective post on Rose and Reen’s books, click to read Part 1 & Part 2.
I’m going to go way back to before I started drafting Rose’s story. When I pitched this series of novellas, the vision never wavered. I wanted to start with the older sister’s perspective of the magical past of her family. Then, I wanted to explore her sister’s point of view. I wanted my readers to have the background of the Barros’ women’s present before diving into the past.
At first, one of my lovely critique partners hesitated about this. She suggested I started with Pear's story, but, I couldn’t budge. The reasons for Pearl doing what she did wouldn’t be clear until you already knew the future. At every stage of the process, this was always my mindset. Sometimes projects write themselves a certain way, and who am I to get in the way of creative inspiration?
When it came time to sit down and write Pearl’s story, I wanted to start with two instances of her life changing to start the book. I had already created a small town which readers loved, and I wanted to get Pearl there as soon as possible. But, there had to be some understanding of where Pearlina came from. She wasn’t always the mother we knew from the first two books, and she came from a place not like The Burrow. I loved exploring that part of her past, and I hope that readers do too. I went back and read through Rose and Reen’s stories (something I rarely do after publication) to make sure I had all questions answered and loose ends tied up. There was a strict deadline for Pearl’s visit on land which helped focus the outline and then it all came together. Out of all the books, this one was the easiest to write. Maybe because I had already created her future while drafting and revising the first books, or the fact that I had the opportunity to get more into the fantasy aspect which I always enjoy writing.
Either way, Pearl is almost here, and this series has been amazing and challenging, but so worth it. I hope, dear reader, you feel the same way.
In the way that Rose’s story was difficult to write, Reen’s was entirely different. I had already set up the world and the mystery surrounding the Barros family background in Rose’s book, but I needed to move the story forward.
While writing Rose, I had an idea of Reen in my head. She was standoffish and ran away from her problems. Whenever Rose tried to talk to her, the conversations were short and usually ended with Reen hanging up abruptly. Reen didn’t share much with her sister since she had run away after graduation years ago.
Now, here I was with a hint of a character who I had to flesh out and create her own story while pushing toward the fantasy element of their hidden past.
The only link that Reen still had to The Burrow was her family. After her departure, she cut ties with everyone in her life; including her high school sweetheart, Brody. So, with the failing health of the matriarch in the family, Reen trudged home, unprepared for what awaited her in The Burrow.
When I started drafting Reen’s story, I was still working on revisions for Rose. Switching between them wasn’t easy. These women are total opposites, and I wasn’t going to run into the saggy second book syndrome while rehashing Rose’s story in Reen’s book.
In comes the reverse outlining method. An author friend of mine, K.R. Conway, introduced me to this method at a NESCBWI workshop. It involves starting at the end of the book, or a scene further into the story that I was excited to write, and you move backward. So, I opened a notebook and placed my “exciting” scene at the top of the page. Then I went down the page, jotting down other events which would have to occur to get to that point. Before I knew it, I had outlined more scenes than I knew what to do with. This process opened my mind to inspiration and the story flowed quite easily from there.
As I said in Rose’s post, I have not found one method to complete more than one book. I’m always learning, but at least I have a toolbox filled with ways I can try if (but most likely when) I come to a roadblock in each of my stories.
Most writers will say that each project is different than the last. We learn from the book creating process in many ways. We grow and get better.
But, when it came to creating THE SISTERS’ SECRETS: ROSE, I had no idea what I was in for.
I had already published eight novels and novellas with the fantastic team at HQ Digital. I had this down, right?
When I created this project, the vision came quickly. I saw Rose and Reen, and their ailing mother, Pearl. Their dynamics formed and before I knew it, I had three paragraphs—one for each book. Ideas flew through my mind, and I jotted them all down.
Then, I signed the contract and *Poof* nothing.
First, I thought it was the prospect of starting something new. Rose’s book was the first in the trilogy, so setting up the world was imperative. The first two stories take place in “our world” with a hint of the supernatural.
I used Google maps to look at coastal towns in Connecticut—surely at that point, I would find the spark of the story. While I had the location, the story still sat dormant in the back of my mind.
The deadline for the first draft loomed, and I was nowhere near where I wanted to be.
This roadblock is where a lot of unpublished writers might stop and start something new. But I had a contract and many people at my publisher waiting and expecting a story.
So, I put the coffee maker on standby and pushed through the story. I understood the responsibility of setting up this world, but I kept it in Rose’s perspective. I still had Reen and Pearl’s story to get through, and I knew there would be a time in revisions to expand.
When I started writing, there was no stopping me.
Sure, this book had the most notes during first and second revisions, but I had the story I wanted to set the series off.
Looking back at other books I’ve published, at some point in the process, I’ve hit a rut—whether it’s during drafting or revising. But my best work comes out of being challenged. Luckily, I’ve had some amazing women at HQ Digital to push me to be the best I could be, one book at a time.
Rose changed the way I approach a book, and I have faith that more characters and book ideas will do the same.
I can't have a successful writing session without listening to music. Silence doesn't strike any inspiration for me. If you follow me on Twitter and Instagram, you will frequently see my current writing music.
When I get up in the morning before a writing session, I browse my email and social media for about 5-10 minutes while listening to a cultivated list of music to get me in the "mood". While writing, I prefer to keep to movie/television scores without lyrics (as they distract me!).
Over the course of about a year, I created a playlist for the series because at any moment, I would be drafting and revising at the same time. I wanted these books to have the same "feel" so I kept everything in one neat playlist and added more as I continued with the series.
If there's one universal truth about writers, it's that we like to share. When we hear great writing advice, we share. If we read a book we like, we share. And, when we come across a resource that has really helped us, yes that's right...we share!
AUTHOR KATLYN DUNCAN RELEASES HER 10th NOVEL THE SISTER’S SECRETS: REEN THE SISTER’S SECRETS: REEN, the tenth novel by author Katlyn Duncan was published as an e-book on January 17th, 2019. THE SISTER’S SECRETS: REEN is the second in a trilogy.
Eight years ago, Syrene “Reen” Barros fled from her idyllic seaside town in Connecticut with no intention of returning. Withdrawn and isolated from her family after the tragic death of her father, there was no reason to stay.
But when her sister, Rose, reaches out with news about their mother she has no choice but to go back.
Forced to confront her demons she runs into her childhood sweetheart, Brody, who still sends her heart into a flutter. But can Reen finally learn let go of the past and find the happiness she truly deserves?
THE SISTER’S SECRETS: REEN is available as an e-book for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, all Apple devices and at any vendor that sells e-books.
Katlyn lives in Connecticut with her family and adorably fluffy Wheaten Terrier. You can join her on Facebook, follow her on Twitter, connect on Instagram, and visit her website.
THE SISTER’S SECRETS: REEN by Katlyn Duncan HarperCollins Publishers • On Sale: January 17, 2019 • Price E-Book $2.99 • Pages : 150 ISBN: 9780008314910 Visit https://www.harpercollins.com or www.katlynduncan.com
For the last month, I've been part of a Street Team for Angela and Becca at Writers Helping Writers, who are launching their new writing book on February 19th. Because they are known for showing, not telling, they decided it would be fun to keep the thesaurus book's topic a secret until the book cover reveal...WHICH IS TODAY!
I'm so excited to share my newest release with all of you! REEN is the second of three books involving a family in a small seaside town. Reen returns to her hometown after eight years to find out everything is different. The truth always rises to the surface, and Reen is about to discover her family's magical past. Now available for purchase at your favorite ebook retailer.