So I had myself completely locked into this idea that these books would be a trilogy, and I intended to hold to that come hell or high water. So much so, in fact, that I had myself twisted around into knots while I was writing this bastard, worrying that it was ballooning out of control.
In the meantime, my wife has been telling me to quit limiting things to artificial numbers, as I would be likely to end up shooting myself in the foot by rushing the story.
As usual, it seems she’s going to be right. Damn it.
The more I write, the more it looks like it makes sense to break this puppy up into two volumes. I’ll have to shift some things around, I reckon, but the good news is that I’m coming to terms with this on the early side of things, such that I don’t have to go back and do a bunch of rewriting. The main thing is that I promised myself at the outset of this whole mess that I was going to give myself the time I needed to spread out in this world and explore it as much as I wanted to before moving on. I suppose that means four books in the end. And really, this is what happened when I started writing the series in the first place.
The story of the third book is really what I set out tell when I started writing, before I realized I had some world building to do in order to get everything set up. Books 1 and 2 are the result of that world building effort. Now comes the big payoff, and I want to make sure the proper time is taken to do it right.
So I figure book 3 is probably going to be done this year and I’ll start 2018 off diving into four. Hell with it; I need a drink.
In the meantime, the numbers on the first audio book are shooting through the damned roof. The thing is climbing the Post Apocalyptic best sellers list on Audible, advancing a few more slots every day. If this keeps up, we’ll be seeing it in Audible’s top 100 Sci-Fi soon, which would just about blow my undies off.
I can’t thank all you readers enough for the incredible support and phenomenal response you’ve shown for the books so far. I never imagined it was going to take off like this.