My first real spin at writing something outside of comic books was I'm A Writer or Something. Yeah, I had written a lot of comics, but I had never really done The Novel. Intent on writing something serious without a hint of powers or adventure, I crafted the story of Jonathan Beachman, an aspiring writer who scores success with his first novel. Jonathan goes through a downward spiral as he comes to grips with a secret from his past.
The novel took two years to write and included an inordinate amount of research. Stuck part way through the writing, I felt I did not understand the character and why he was doing what he was doing. I spent time moving around the city in character to better understand his motivations.
There are a number of novels at various stages of editing that I plan on tackling after "Sweden" gets out in the world. Here are the working titles for what is coming.
Journal of Alternate Sensibilities