So, the Z-Day series is kicking butt right now and readers are loving it, but I’m certainly not resting on my laurels anytime soon. Here’s, roughly, what I’ve got on my plate for the next year:
Current work-in-progress: Night’s Black Agents, sequel to Fade. Hope to be done by end of year, should have it out late winter/early spring.
After that: Tombstones. Alt-history slash weird Western, start of a companion trilogy to the Paxton books. Mid to late summer.
A Place for War, Z-Day book 3. Maybe by the end of 2018? Not sure. It took me around 6 months to write book 2, I anticipate book 3 will be about as long, so it depends on Tombstones.
Miscellany: I have a short story in the upcoming anthology, MAGA: 2020, which comes out in a couple of weeks. I have a couple of other short story commitments to other anthologies, release dates TBD on those.
After that, time will tell, but I’ve got plenty of ideas rattling around in the ol’ noggin!
I sat down with big-time up-and-comer Jon Del Arroz
Post-Dragon Award discussion with the Geek Gab podcast
And I also realized I never posted the LibertyCon podcast I did with Russell Newquist. Man, I’m a slacker!
I also did a Skype interview with a zombie podcast last night . . . will post that as it comes available. Pinky swear! I won’t forget this time!
Hit up the links in the sidebar – A Place Called Hope is out in paperback and Kindle!
I’m still waiting on the widgets and sprockets to align so that the paperback release shows up on the Amazon page, but for all intents and purposes, A Place Called Hope is go for launch.
I’m starting to figure out that things you say will come back to haunt you when it comes to writing.
Someone asked me once – can’t remember who – “Ever think about doing short stories?”
And I distinctly remember kind of shrugging and having a ‘meh’ reaction. I’m not a big fan of anthologies. I don’t generally read them and I very much prefer long-form fiction when I’m writing.
So why the heck did I write a short story?
I’ve long been a fan of urban fantasy, though perhaps I didn’t realize it. When I first discovered the genre, I’d found something that I’d long sought. Growing up, I was into scary movies a bit too much. Freddy, Jason, Michael Myers, and all the rest were well-worn topics of conversation in my circle of friends. The one thing that always bothered us was the fact that the victims in the movies were just that. When they fought back, it was ineffective. Yeah, Jason Voorhees could survive a machete to the head, but how about a team of Navy SEALs or the 101st Airborne? No way. (Of course, long after our childhood debates this conceit was used to some extent in the awful Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday, though they lamed out and retconned a way for Jason to survive heavy artillery.)
Apparently my friends and I weren’t alone in that line of thinking, because the best urban fantasy, to my mind, consists of potential victims standing up and laying the hurt on monsters. Authors like Faith Hunter, Jim Butcher, and Larry Correia excel in this aspect. Russell Newquist’s “War Demons” adds another log on the butt-kicking fire.
I’m not done yet, but I’m at the ‘waxing the car before date night’ stage.
I have the next couple of weeks tabbed for rewrites, then it’s off to the editor and eventual release. I’ve got a mid-October date in mind, but I don’t know if I’m going to hit it. Either way, it should be out before Halloween.