I love fantasy, and dragons are super cool. So, I wanted to write a book which incorporates dragons in it. I had an idea for a story called "Dragon Queen" which was completely different than Child of Time. However, I liked the idea of a Dragon Queen, so I put it in Child of Time.
I originally envisioned Prophecy Series as seven books, but I had several storylines to tie. So, when I outlined the final two books in 2016, I had split the final idea to two books: Child of Time and Child of Promise.
Due to Craig's curse, time was meant to be a big part of the story. I struggled with where to end the story as I finally wrote it in 2020. I considered having it end on a major cliff hanger, and I had it end there for a while.
Then I wrote the 8th book, and after I completed that one, I decided to combine books 7 & 8 to a final book with Child of Promise being book 7. However, when my editor went through my long book, he preferred two books due to Brad and Lili being bad guys. He felt like I completed the Brad story too soon (because it was near the end of the original 7th book). I did envision it as 8, so I decided to split it once more.
The main reason I wanted to combine them was that Child of Time is my shortest book, and due to the length, it would make it difficult to make a paperback book with spine label. I decided to include Child of Family, book 7.5, to the paperback to make it longer/larger to deal with that issue.
I changed about the last third of the book drastically due to advice from my editor, and the sequence of events makes far more sense now. I couldn't disagree that my original mission for main characters made them stupid. But that's why I love my editor. He isn't afraid to call something stupid and give me advise, or sometimes just tells me to do something different, to make the story better and stronger. He's never afraid to hurt my feelings, and he just wants to help my book reach its full potential.
My proofreader is a great friend, and she reads through each book three times before returning them to me. After I plug in her remarks, I listen to the latest draft on Natural Reader. Listening to my books helps me catch mistakes my eyes, and other people's eyes, miss. It is a huge help.