A new year and a new novel

Posted on December 31, 2010 (Subscribe to Blog)

It's the last day of the year! I wonder if I have time to work in another novel before midnight...? No, I'd better not try, because it'll be eleven-thirty by the time I get to the closing chapters and then, in the spirit of New Year celebrations, I'll end up writing under the influence of something alcoholic and the ending of the book will be very silly.

But, as 2011 begins, I'll be working on Island of Fog Book 4. Yes, it'll no longer be a trilogy but a series! Most of the story has already taken shape in my brain, and I'm looking forward to getting started, but what I'm going to find most interesting is the challenge of making the book a standalone novel as well as part of a series. For those who have read the trilogy, Book 4 will continue the story without breaking a step. But for those who haven't read the trilogy, Book 4 will be one you can pick up and read without any confusion.

Well, in theory anyway.

There will be a small amount of back-history in places, but I'm going to try and keep it to a minimum. Anyone who hasn't read the previous books and is diving straight into Book 4 probably won't care much about the adventures the characters have already had, and if they do care, well, then they can go buy the other books and catch up. And those who have read the previous books... well, they already know everything there is to know. So exposition will be minimal.

As for the story... It's going to be dark and sinister, with long underwater scenes, lots of paranoia, anger, and betrayal... Yes, all very cheerful. It starts out in a lake, and ends in a lake, and the book has the word "Lake" in the title. So far we've had an island, a labyrinth, and a mountain, and now it's a lake. That much I know for sure. But the full title is not yet decided, so you'll have to wait on that.

Watch out for Lake of ???? coming in Summer 2011 (more information soon).

Have a HAPPY NEW YEAR, y'all. Cheers!

Comment by MING on Sunday, January 2, 2011...

Happy 2011, and here's to the Lake of Question Marks!

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