Originally posted on Kim Fielding's blog in May 2015.
Hello there everyone! M.D. Grimm here by the generosity of Kim Fielding. Isn't she great?
I'm here to bring some attention to my second book ever published: PSYCHIC MOON. Yep, it was only my second. I was dancing on the moon when Dreamspinner Press accepted it.
Here's the buy link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=2426
Here's the link to my website: www.mdgrimmwrites.com
You know what I learned over a couple of years removed from it? It has its flaws. There, I admitted it. But what book doesn't? I can read freaking "Lord of the Rings" (big fan) and find a few flaws, but it's still a darn good book. I feel the same about my own. I'm very proud of "Psychic Moon" and I think it's a good story (there is a possible chance that I'm slightly bias).
How much more perfect do you get pairing an animal cop with a vet? I'd been watching a lot of "Animal Cops" on Animal Planet at the time and the plot bunny hopped pretty fast and high to get my attention. And the rest, they say, is history!
There are multiple reasons why I'm proud of this book; one of them is that this book started The Shifter series. When I wrote "Psychic Moon," I didn't have a set plan on a series, I only knew I wanted to write about shape-shifters. But after publishing "Psychic Moon" and working on "Love is a Whirlwind," my universe kept expanding and I dived headfirst into constructing the overarching plot, making it a true series. The only problem? Making sure I didn't contradict myself. Making sure I stayed consistent... that is the freaking hardest part of writing a series. When I create rules I better stick with them because readers can be unforgiving about that—I would know since I'm a reader and unforgiving. Unless the world the author creates is going through some sort of Armageddon and the very fabric of existence is being rendered, rules should be followed. So, I try to follow my own advice. So far, I think it's worked. I don't believe I've broken any of my rules....
The following could be considered a SPOILER so proceed at your own risk.
The villain in "Psychic Moon" is a violent, deranged wolf shape-shifter. It was only after I'd written the first draft of "Love is a Whirlwind" that I finally had a set plan on the series and realized I wanted to bring back that wolf shifter. But I ended "Psychic Moon" with Derek and Brian being told the wolf shifter was dead. So what could I do? Well, since the Agency is a secret organization, I figured they'd be required to lie about things and informed the readers of that in the epilogue of "Love is a Whirlwind." Agent Poe (don't you just love him?) admitted that he lied to Derek and Brian to give them peace of mind, but that the wolf shifter was imprisoned for everyone's safety. That gave me the opening I needed for "Healing Minds" and to show the depravity of the Knights in greater detail. Just like that I'd linked Book #1 with Book #5 and proved to myself that I really could do the whole series thing. Sure, Agent Poe popped up in several stories before he got his own in "Master's Blood" but it felt like a true series when I brought Xavier to the forefront and told his story. I also wanted to show that not everything is as it seems... Xavier wasn't a villain by choice.
Now I just published Book #8 (The Serpent and the Angel) in March, Book #9 is finished and awaiting submission (Predator and Prey), and I'm outlining Book #10, tentatively titled "Shifting Moon." And guess what? Derek and Brian are back! "Shifting Moon" returns to the couple that started it all as they get drawn deeper into the battle between the shifters, the Agency, and Arcas and his knights.
I'm very excited for "Shifting Moon" and am eager to return to my first couple! I could never have guessed in the beginning that "Psychic Moon" would start such a journey for me or that so many would want to join me on that journey.
May dragons guard your dreams,