The Adventures of Kalyn Deere, Bounty Hunter.

Another new Project gets underway.

A while ago, in a couple of blog posts, I discussed a new heroine that I had glimpsed. You can find links to those posts at the bottom of this page. There’s a FREE short story in the second one, don’t miss it.

Meanwhile, here’s the latest version of the cover.

Basically, Kalyn is a spin-off from one of my older series, a peripheral character who looked like she might have an interesting life. I wrote a short story about one of her adventures (you can find it in the second post, below) and it got me wondering about what else she might have done.

It’s about time for an update on my (her) progress.

Following on from that initial idea, rather than write a novel about her, I saw the potential for a series of short stories with glimpses of Kalyn’s life. As with a novel, there would be an overriding arc tying them all together. I wanted an episodic set of short adventures, in the style of T.V. series like Life, Burn Notice, Veronica Mars, The X Files or Fringe.

Each adventure would be complete in itself while containing elements of the bigger picture.

I’m currently writing them, at around 3-5000 words each, as and when I get an idea for one. The titles will all be plays on familiar words or phrases, the first is called The Wreck of the Esperance.

I have at least eight definite stories so far, with several more that I can only see as vague bits of narrative or action. The great advantage of writing them in this form is that they take little time to complete and can be used to give me a break when my longer projects go stale.

I’d like to get to around fifteen, maybe twenty if I can. Then I will decide what to do with them.

I have the face of Kalyn from the original cover, shown above. I’m not sure if it’s what I really want, there are some possible variations below, which, if any of them, do you prefer, or do you like the original?

However Kalyn finally appears (perhaps she is really a master of disguise, like Sydney Bristow), I think the whole concept has potential. I’d love to get your thoughts.

Here are links to the posts I mentioned above. They both open in new windows, so you won’t lose your place.

In the first post, I talk about how much has developed from a single idea.

While in the second, I give you a flavour of Kalyn’s adventures. Contains a free short story.

I’d love to get your comments, please leave them below. While you’re here, why not take a look around? There are some freebies and lots more content, about me, my writing and everything else that I do. You can join my newsletter for a free novella and more news by clicking this link.


4 Responses

  1. Stephen Bungay

    I really like the idea of episodic shorts as stand-alone spin offs from a larger story, it lets the readers/listeners explore, can be more of an adventure.

    Oh, regarding the images above? Image Number 3 is my pick for this character, but #4 also works.

    • Richard Dee

      Thanks for your input. Shorts are fun to write, although totally different to novels in every way. There is no room for languid prose or a slow start, you have to make every word count. As for continuing an arc across a series, we’ll have to wait and see how that goes.

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