A few years ago, I wanted to say thank you to somebody who was one of my first fans. She went by the Twitter name of @ThatGhoulAva. I penned a short story that was just for her, but the reaction I got was that this needed to be a "real" story. I gave it some thought and added a second short just to see if it might have been a one-timer. Once again I was told that this had legs. (NOTE: the first short that started the That Ghoul Ava series is currently involved in a wee bit of a contest. Click HERE and scroll to the bottom. If you click on the heart, that gives her another vote and takes her a step closer to winning. Seriously...every vote counts and THAT MEANS YOU!)
Okay, I thought, let's give it a try. I even originally put this out under a pen name. (Marianna Mann if you are curious.) When I wrote That Ghoul Ava and The Queen of the Zombies, I started to get into a feel for what Ava was about. I still had no idea if anybody would read an Ava book, but I knew that this was a marathon and not a sprint, so it might take time for an audience to grow. I am still waiting. Yes, she gets a little hit when a new book releases, but not much.
Ava is a slow builder, but I am okay with that. My problem comes from those first shorts. I sort of picked and chose what I would use from the shorts and by the time QotZ was done, I was on a slightly new path. I moved on with That Ghoul Ava Kicks Some Faerie A**. And that was when I really fell in love with writing Ava. She still was only selling a couple of books, but the people who read Ava really started to love her as well.
The problem resided in those first adventures. They have a few discrepancies that don't exactly jive with the story I am now creating. I started Ava like she was re-telling a story that began a decade or so ago. That has vanished in the series that really, for me, gets its real start in QotZ. So, my question is...do I go back and re-write history, or do I just let it go as is? As readers, I value what you think. And as for my Ava fans...well, your voice will be heard loud and clear on this.
And just a note...2016 will be Ava's year. I have 5 stories planned and an upcoming opportunity for YOU to choose her foes! After all, I write these books for you.