Commune Book Three is Probably Going to End Up Being Books Three and Four…

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.

5 thoughts on “Commune Book Three is Probably Going to End Up Being Books Three and Four…

  1. If you don’t want to be so successful don’t write such an engaging story..and score R.C. Bray to read it (HUGE BONUS) I am really looking forward to you being stuck writing this series for YEARS… I do feel for you… truly… Truly a fan

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  2. I don’t mind how long a series is, as long as it tells a good story. I’m not too worried about the Commune series getting a book 4 considering how much I loved the first story. And now I come to find that you say that the meat and potatoes are really in book 3?! Be still my heart.

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  3. Fantastic series, I’ve really enjoyed listening to books 1 and 2, which were superbly produced and expertly read by the fantastic narrator. I’m glad to hear that you are not limiting the series to 3 books. There is so much more that can be told of this story. One thing I’d love to hear about is the intimate relationships among certain survivors. Come on, don’t tell me the large bunch of men and women are living together and nobody is getting any! We don’t need gross details, but I think it would be an interesting addition to the story. But as I said, fantastic series and I look forward to book 3 and hopefully eventually 4 and 5 and 6 🙂 … Any idea when the audio production will be released for book 3? Keep up the great work!

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