S.C. Parris

S.C. Parris

Dark Fantasy Author

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Welcome to my Blog! Here you’ll find posts about my life, inspiration I find on the way, and of course, writing updates, excerpts, and cover reveals! I’ll even be reviewing books I read (if you’re here for movies I’m into, check Monster thoughts). Grab your tea (or coffee) and stay awhile!

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Just a quick update from me to you!

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Now, onto the news:

A mock cover I whipped up in Canva while inspiration was low.

If you don’t know, I’ve been hard at work on my latest project, The Tales of Sinner Sharpe: Dark Waters, which you can read snippets of and progress posts about first on my newsletter.

I’m incredibly excited about it.

I’ve started using Scrivner of all things to work on it! Never thought I’d touch a writing software but what can I say, years of toiling over The Dark World series has changed my mind. With every subsequent book, I’d find myself having to rifle through previous books to remember things.

If I’d had used Scrivner or something like it, I would’ve probably finished the series much faster.

Ah well! I’m 29 now — I was…younger then.

I’m at the very beginning with it despite having it on the back burner for some odd years (just check back through this blog for posts referencing it). And it is absolutely transforming into something I’m super proud of.

With age, a bit more attention to detail, and only honing my writing skills, I’m really excited to see how this shapes up!

What’s Coming in 2022…

No idea.

No seriously, though I don’t have a publication date for DRACULA: Book 6 of The Dark World series, I’m sure it’s releasing next year.

Be sure to be on the lookout for that and the cover reveal! Which I’ll be revealing in my newsletter before the blog (and the website).

I can’t wait to finally release it and close a chapter in my life and move forward to new things!

One thing I can say about trying so many different things these past two years in terms of writing (Patreon, anyone?) is that I’m definitely not a short story writer, nor do I have any more aspirations of writing in other genres. I’m an epic dark fantasy writer. That’s perfectly fine with me. Trying to do too many things at once (as I was attempting to do with Patreon) diluted my process of writing, I feel. I take a while to develop characters, my flow while writing, and all my plot points. Churning our chapters weekly or what have you, kills that desire to write something I’d honestly publish just for the sake of…appeasing a few paying subscribers.

Like I said in a Twitter post a year or so ago, I’d rather my subscribers (and whoever supports me) buy my books instead rather than pay me monthly for some half-assed writing chock to the brim with typos, errors, and–worst of all–lack of care. Not that I don’t care about everything I write, but I definitely learned that I prefer long-form prose that can really stretch into something…coherent (plot-wise.)

Disclaimer: I am not saying there’s anything wrong with short stories or novellas. It’s just not for me.

With that said, I’m off to enjoy my New Year’s and actually relax this weekend before the real work begins (Graduate School anyone?). I hope you do the same!

What have you learned about yourself recently?

With Blood and Love,

S.C. Parris

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What I'm Working On Next:

The Tales of Sinner Sharpe: Dark Waters

Title: Sinner Sharpe: Dark Waters

Genre: Dark Epic Fantasy

Wordcount: 90k

Planned Deadline: February 2023

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I'm choosing, with this round of storytelling, to dive into 'harder topics,' and things I want to write about. I want to give my worlds more nuance, my characters more stakes, and hopefully more heart. I write for everyone but I cannot deny my experiences--Black experiences--are what have shaped me and should shape my writing. I'm adamant about this because of the erasure of my Black characters in THE DARK WORLD series by white readers.
The Tales of Sinner Sharpe: Dark Waters
This helped shape the nature of the story: Sinner is an outcast from this island. He has no magical ability, same as all from Othril, and when on the mainland, this lack of magical ability is apparent—he is ostracized not only because of his physical dark features, but his inability.
Gothic Horror And Inspiration
It was always my intention as of late, with Sinner Sharpe to delve into the horror he's facing--not physical horror--at least not yet, but the mental horror. He's seeing horrific visions, he's losing large gaps of time, he's being attacked on his ship (an already enclosed space) for weeks.
DRACULA is (finally) out in E-Book Format!
If you haven't opened your email by now (and why aren't you subscribed to the newsletter, yet?) then you don't know that DRACULA: Book 6, the final book in The Dark World series has been released!