Yeah. So that just happened.
Okay. Moving on.
Fun Fact: As I am posting this scene, I am listening to Pat Benatar’s ‘We Belong.’ On repeat. Because this song is Rez’s and Kin’s hearts laid bare. See, fun!
I would, though, like to express my extreme gratitude (and utter shock) that you all have made it this far! I am truly having a blast with Rez and Kin and am looking forward to the next chapter!
Here Are Your Answers
With six chapters done and approximately 20,000 words written, it seems like a good time for another Slow & Steady Q&A. My thanks to everyone who asked these awesome questions via post comments or by email.
Q: Is Slow & Steady interconnected with your other series/characters or will it ever be?
A: No, it’s not. Now that I think about it, I really should’ve done that! Hmmm.🤔 I write in five distinct ‘worlds’, which sounds impressive—like I’m an interdimensional/interstellar badass—but truly, it’s just my lack of foresight. Though, I can sorta see how/when/where I could slot Slow & Steady into The Ladyships’ world, but… Yeah. I need to think on that.
Q: Well, Ms. Interstellar Badass, do you plan to write further books in the Slow & Steady world?
A: Today the answer is very much yes. I love what this serial has done for me. It has kept me writing during this stressful time. Although the serial isn’t complete yet (and I will complete it), it has already surpassed my expectations. I’m having fun, others are having fun, and I’ve been writing almost daily. Plus, Culler/Dius’s book has been stirring in the back of my mind more and more. All in all, I am so freaking relieved and super giddy over the whole serial experience.
Q: Of course you’re giddy. Your hero is a turtle. So, does the guy really look like a turtle?
A: Hehe, so about that… I love turtles and tortoises because they are adorable, ferocious, and highly huggable creatures. My favorite is the eastern box turtle followed by red ear sliders. As for Kinixys the Last, he’s named after a hinged tortoise from Africa. In the current story (up to Chapter Six), he’s yet to take his helmet off. So, when that happens, I’ll come back and update this answer. (Can’t wait for him to ‘step out of his shell’!)
Q: ‘Step out of his shell’? You know that’s creepy, right?
Q: Moving on… So, you’re a new-to-me author and I’m enjoying Slow & Steady. Since I’m unfamiliar with your work, where should I begin reading?
A: Wow, you all are asking some tough questions. See, the thing is, I should be able to answer this, but… Well, let me just show you.
Here’s a poll from the kickass members of my Facebook group: The League of Bextraordinary Readers. For the most part, my thoughts align with most readers of The Ladyships series:
The Most Enjoyable Reading Order
However, one amazing reader had this compelling opinion:
“I kinda think [Sarda/Vedma] should be after [Bane/Therion], it makes the impact of [Vedma] more, you get to go Ohhhhh? That’s why she’s that way with Therion.”
Honestly, that comment blew my mind. It would put a different spin on Sarda if it was read after Bane. Therefore, if you adore salty heroines who deeply love in grumpy and underhanded ways, then save Sarda for last.
Q: Speaking of last place, will Rez and Kin have a race?
A: Oh, yes! And I can’t wait!
Q: Okay, we saved the best question for last. Will Kin finally get his hands on some rope?
A: You know, he also bugs me about that all the time. But I highly suspect, that once he gets some rope, it’s not going to play out the way he thinks it will…
Q: I lied. I still have questions for you.
A: No worries. Just drop any additional questions in the comments of this blog post and I’ll answer them!
(Okay, the “Leave a Comment” link is super sneaky. Sometimes it’s at the top of the post, right under the title: “Slow & Steady – Reader Q&A.” Sometimes, it’s a helpful “Leave a Reply” comment box at the bottom. See? Super sneaky.)
We’re now two weeks and three chapters into Slow & Steady.
It’s a good time for another Q&A, yes?
Q: So, Bex, how are things going with the serial?
A: Great. I think. I’m pretty sure… I mean, I’m a writing turtle, so I am incredibly thrilled that I have three whole chapters of Slow & Steady completed since this all started about two weeks ago.
Q: You still sound a bit uncertain.
A: Well, yeah. I’m averaging one scene a day, and that includes posting it. The story is coming to me faster now, so I’m thinking I’ll try to spend two to three days writing. On the fourth day I’ll post, and hopefully I’ll get two or three chapters done a week.
Q: Wow! That’s great! How many chapters do you plan to write?
Q: In your latest chapter, you’ve threaded quite a bit in there…
A: I hear ya. I’m kinda concerned as well. But at the same time, I am very excited to explore those threads. (Sorry for the vagueness. Doing my best to not inadvertently drop any spoilers.) What I can say, is that I have a plan. All of those threads have been plotted, and (fingers crossed) none will be left hanging open at the end.
Q: Speaking of the end, will there be more books in this world?
A: Today’s answer is yes. I’m having fun. These characters are getting me to the page each day, which was my ultimate goal. I have plans for two more Akupara books, with a possible third, making the series four books in total.
Q: Awesome. Glad you’re having fun and planning more books. But…
A: Oh. Him.
Q: Yes HIM! You haven’t forgotten about him, have you? We’ve not forgotten about him!
A: I have not forgotten about Dius. His book is coming. Writing Slow & Steady is my way of coping with the stress and anxiety of social distancing and quarantining. As things continue to develop locally and world-wide, I will re-examine and adjust. Perhaps I’ll pick up Culler sooner than expect. Perhaps I’ll power through all three/four books of Slow & Steady. But my goals are still the same: 99.9% my family, 0.1% having fun with whatever it is that I’m writing.
Q: Well. Okay, then. Just wanted to make sure. We love Dius. Kinda started to wonder if you love him, too…
A: I do love him! And it’s so touching how many people have enjoyed his character and want to read his story. Thank you, so much, for expressing your love for this character!
So, for all you Dius fans, read on for an excerpt…
For these exciting installments, I make good on my promises of plot holes and such…
- A surprise character who should have been in Chapter One is added in Chapter Two!
- Reader Challenge: Spot the continuity snafu!
- I’ve enabled commenting and have added my thoughts about the chapters. Please feel free to share your thoughts as well!