Timeline of Shadows of Atlantic City

Shadows of Atlantic City is a bit different than what I normally write, which is Dark Fantasy. But like just about everything I write, it also has a “dark” element. In this book, I decided to go with a Western theme, although it’s set in Atlantic City.

I’ve likened it to Sherlock Holmes meets Supernatural meets Wild Wild West.

Needless to say, it was a lot of fun writing Shadows of Atlantic City. There was quite a bit more research than normal, but still fun, nonetheless.

How Shadows of Atlantic City Progressed


Started Writing the New Book

To help me learn the ins and outs of writing while taking the Reedsy masterclass, How to Write a Novel, I decided to put it into practice with a new book.

Although this postponed Fury, I felt it necessary to put everything I learned into practice with the new book from start to finish.


Decided on a Title

When I began writing the book, I was using a placeholder title. That’s because I don’t often have the title of a book until I’m about halfway through writing the first draft.

By February of 2024, I decided on “Shadows of Atlantic City” and was toying with the idea of turning it into a small series. Unlike the progression of the Witcham series, though, these books will be standalone titles featuring the same fictional world.

That means that you can jump into reading any book and not necessarily have to read them in order.


Shadows of Atlantic City

Created the Temp Book Cover

I usually have a temp book cover while writing, mostly to give me an idea of what I want it to look like once it’s published. However, it rarely goes how I envision in the beginning simply because we come up with better ideas toward the end.

Nonetheless, I like the “old time” look of this one, especially since it’s centered in 1874 Atlantic City. The fun part is going to be finding an artist who can deliver this look as I refuse to use AI to generate a cover. I support artists, not prompt jockeys.


Finished the First Draft

After having to postpone the deadline a couple of times due to several issues, both personal and professional, I was able to finish the first draft of the book during the live writing sprint.

Although the first draft is technically done, I still went through and polished it up a bit before giving beta readers access to the story.

Shadows Was a Lot of Fun to Write

Although most of my books center around fantasy in some way, I truly enjoy stepping outside of the genre to explore something else. And I have to say that Shadows of Atlantic City was a lot of fun to write and edit.

At the time of this post, I’m not sure if it’ll become a series or not. I would like to finish the Witcham series, which has several books planned already.

Regardless, I hope others enjoy reading Shadows as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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