When I wrote Ouroboros, Thomas of Xuelition Book One, I was really excited about it. I loved (and still love) how it turned out. I was even more excited when Booktrope accepted it! I discussed my ideas with the owner and publisher and we decided on five books. Awesome, right?
I dove right into the sequel, rather, a prequel and I began to realize I may have written myself into a box, world wise. The Prakani Empire is at peace, with an effective military and police force, complete with the fearsome Dark Ones. I had originally envisioned a Vlad Taltos like world with powerful people doing cool things.
It didn’t work out that way. I wasn’t going to tell grand stories like that in the peaceful world I had constructed and I got depressed. What fun would this be? Thomas couldn’t do the things I wanted under these circumstances.
I took a mental break and wrote a very long (and as yet unpublished) science fantasy novel while I thought about a way forward with Thomas. I finished with that novel and had an idea: if I couldn’t work with the world I had, why not change it? I would simply destroy it (mostly) then any future Thomas stories would be in a vastly changed, far more dangerous world.
To that effect I wrote Tiamat, a direct sequel to Ouroboros, which sets in motion the world’s sudden change and finished the trial by fire rebirth in Scorpion (which has always been the title of the final book). I didn’t quite finish Scorpion because the whole thing just bummed me out. A new approach was needed.
I pushed Thomas out of my mind for another six months, intending to write another series for Booktrope but the idea of Thomas continued to nag at me. What to do? I let the problem stew and the day before I was going to write an email to Jesse James Freeman, Booktrope’s Chief of Awesomeness ™, I watched an episode of NCIS.
As I watched I thought, “This could be a cool Thomas book” and then it hit me. I’d been over thinking the whole thing, there were plenty of cool stories to be told, maybe even some big ones, if I thought on a slightly smaller scale. Maybe not NCIS: Xuelition but in that general arena.
I found a way out! I even had an idea, and a theme. The book has a title, Gargoyle.
So when will it be finished? I am hoping to start in April and finish by the end of the summer. I am taking some parts from Tiamat, mostly the opening few pages and I am working on a general outline so I get the general story in mind before starting.
What will it be about? Cool stuff! Stay tuned!