I thought it best that I update my readers (or at least those of you who check here for inf0) on my current work and progress.
Right now I’m done writing Renegades: A Murder of Crowes, the fifth novella in the series. That will be posted singly. I’m currently working on Lab Notes, a short story from Run the Chxor’s perspective. That story, along with Runner, Fool’s Gold, XXX, and Refugee will be included with all five Renegades novellas into one omnibus called Renegades: Origins. While I know that many people have already purchased some or all of the novellas, this will be your chance to get all five as well as five short stories, four of which are all new.
Once Renegades: Orgins is completed, I’ll go to work on my next project: The Shattered Empire. The second book of the Shadow Space Chronicles follows the events of The Fallen Race. It takes place a short time after the Third Battle of Faraday, and it covers Baron Giovanni and the UC taking the offensive, not just in a raid or battle over a minor world, but engaging the Chxor at vital systems and trying to turn the tide of the war.
While writing that, I’m going to try to balance attendence at various conventions, editing and releasing some of my other finished works, and plotting out the YA science fiction book I’ve been wanting to write. So I’m pretty busy.
I’ve been asked where some of these series are going and whether there will be series. As a short answer… yes and no. The Renegades novellas are something I love writing, but to be honest, they don’t earn back nearly as much effort as I’ve put into them. I’ll still write them and I plan that series to be a long-running one. The Fallen Race has left some (very big) loose ends, which I plan to tie up in another two or three novels. After that I’ve got another series planned that ties in, though it is set a few years later, with new characters and a new storyline.
I do have a few stand-alone books, both written and plotted. The issue I face with that is as an independent author, there are some readers that I can’t reach without an estabilished series. That said, I’m not the type to run a character through ten or even twenty books of action. At a certain point an author runs the risk that the character’s arc is spent, either they’ve culminated and grown to the point that they can handle whatever follows or the story becomes repetitive. Don’t get me wrong, some authors can do it, and do it brilliantly. But that’s not where my current novels are headed. Eventually Lucius Giovanni’s part in The Shadow Space Chronicles will come to an end. I know who will take up the fight after him. I know where the story will go from there. But, it will be a different series, new characters, and a new story arc.
All that said, any comments or questions from me? I don’t mind taking time to answer questions. Also, I’ll be attending Starfest at Denver on 2-4 May, 2014, so if you have questions, want a book signed, or just want to talk, feel free to find me there!