The Prologue to and Book Four of The Righteous and the Wicked quite literally took me approximately 40 years to write.
For one thing, when I started the series back in the early 1980s, I didn’t realize then that I needed to have more life experiences—not only with writing, but also socially, psychologically, and emotionally. For another, I didn’t really have a clue where I was planning to go with the books.
I originally began writing with a female lead character, but after a few years, decided to change her to a male since I felt that would be easier for me to understand him and write from his perspective.
For many years after that, I became bogged down with research, primarily on my own life since I would draw on various incidents as inspiration for the scenes in the novel, but also historical events since books one, two, three (and, to some extent, four) would borrow from various time periods; structure, i.e. chapter and scene titles, Earth and Spirit World locations, as well as timelines; and characters.
Much as I hate to admit it, procrastination also had a lot to do with the length of time it took me to finally get at least one novel in the series done.
however, I managed to get an embryonic version completed, followed by
several transitional adaptations, and then what I deem the definitive
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