Book Two Complete


Fun fact: I have been writing my second novel for about two and a half years.

On July 16th, one week ago, I finished the rough draft.

At 326 pages, 81,628 words, and hours upon hours spent procrastinating schoolwork, it’s all done. I could not be more excited.

Now, this is a rough draft, so it’s (definitely) not ready to be published or anything. And I need to go back in and edit, as one does, so I probably will not be handing it out for people to read quite yet.

I don’t know how I’m going to publish it, although I definitely look forward to that opportunity. My goal, ultimately, is to work with an agent of some sort and a publishing company. It would be absolutely incredible to see it sold somewhere other than online. We’ll see how it goes, but I am thrilled to see how everything unfolds.

Now, some snippets of information about this book:

This novel is completely unrelated to Shining Shira. It isn’t even fantasy. Instead, it is a young-adult dystopian, set in a city-nation called Cailem where terrorists are wreaking havoc.

Also unlike Shining Shira, this novel is set to be the first of a trilogy. Before you ask, yes. I am beginning the second book right now. I’m about 3,000 words in. My siblings have jokingly told me they expect it by Christmas, which is a bit aggressive for a timeline considering I’ll be going abroad this upcoming semester, but I’m hoping to be done with Part 2 by the end of spring semester next year. This turnaround should be significantly speedier than the one between this current novel and Shining Shira.

This book doesn’t currently have a title, but the word document is labeled “Paint and the Broken.” Make of that what you will. I’m not going to give any spoilers yet.

Beyond that, I will be talking a little more about this in future posts, but get excited, friends. I have a whole bunch of new work coming your way very soon.


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A true labor of LOVE. Few enjoy a passion as much as you do this Charlotte. You are an incredible young woman, and yes I am completely bias. A gifted writer, a true friend, a wonderful daughter, and a woman with a future that is so much fun to watch unfold. We Joneses ARE your biggest fans!!! Excited to read Paint and the Broken.

Donna Ray

You continue to amaze me, Miss Charlotte! 🙂
I hope you are having a wonderful summer! I can’t wait to read your new book!


So very proud of you!! Looking forward to our car ride reads!!! Love you!


Gregory L. Jones

Best niece an Uncle could have! Looking forward to the new book. So very proud of you!

Uncle Greg

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