Sunday Update: My Foulweather Twins Series

That’s what I’ve been working on. I had a lot of writing time today, because I had the house to myself until almost three this afternoon. Crazy quiet. 🙂

Finishing and publishing my novel Queen Witch is my primary goal this round of ROW80. I’ve incorporated one beta’s edits, and the comments another gave me on the first four chapters. I’ve also added detail in a bunch of places in the first four chapters. I’m loving the book on this read through, so that’s super exciting!

Earlier, after I was about out of editing energy, I got to thinking about back matter — you know, the stuff that appears at the end of a novel. I like to include an excerpt, but I haven’t written the next installment of the Foulweather Twins series yet. Feeling stunningly optimistic, I opened up my outline (which has been sitting for nearly six months at this point…sheesh), and decided to have a go at the first scene. It really helped that I’d been playing with book one all day. It flowed easily onto the page, and in about half an hour I had a 550 word scene that IS the beginning of book two, and will appear at the end of Queen Witch. Sweeeet!!

I’d said at the beginning of October that I hoped to publish Queen Witch before Halloween. At this point, that isn’t going to happen. I’m cool with that; I know the changes I’m making are improving the book. And I also know you’ve heard me say that about this book before. Honestly, it shouldn’t be that much longer. Sometime in November. Deadlines are tricky, and I may have learned another lesson that saying less is probably better when it comes to when I anticipate having a book out.

About J.R. Pearse Nelson

J.R. Pearse Nelson is a native Oregonian, residing in the beautiful Portland area. She lives with her husband, two small daughters and the family dog. J.R. is always searching for the magic in our world. She weaves tales rooted in mythology, bringing legend to life in modern-day and fantasy settings. J.R. is the author of the Children of the Sidhe paranormal romance series, the Foulweather Twins fantasy series, and the Water Rites fantasy series. You can connect with J.R. online at her website. Visit

13 comments on “Sunday Update: My Foulweather Twins Series

  1. I have never read anything through that I have written but I can imagine what reading it through and actually liking it must feel like! Thank you for your helpful comments and I will absolutely try the thinking before sleeping technique. The plot is my focus so feel free to send helpful plot vibes my way!

  2. I love the feeling when you’re not sure about a book you’ve been working on for awhile, then you read through it and think “Wow, I like this!” That’s kind of how I felt with Soul of a Vampire. We never really get the whole picture until we read it through like we would anyone else’s book.

    Hopefully, you’ll get Queen Witch published soon, and it will be out there for everyone to enjoy. 🙂

  3. I know you wanted QW out by Halloween but if it’s not ready, it’s not ready. Kudos on getting the scene for book 2 done. I always love those teasers at the end. They strongly encourage me to buy the next installment. Keep up the great work 🙂

  4. It is always fun to watch a WIP come together, one evolution at a time. Which can be frustrating for deadlines, but you are making the right choice to wait for the work at its best (never perfect though) before sending it out. Have a fantastic week and best wishes 🙂

    • It’s true — never perfect. If we were striving for that, no one would ever read a word, because we’d never get it out there. At some point, you have to call it done. And if it still needs work, you get help (editors, critique groups, betas..however).

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