What’s New For 2020
January is almost done, and it’s been a almost a year to the day since anyone has heard anything definitive from me here. I’m sorry for the long silence, and I really appreciate the messages I’ve been getting. Things have been challenging of late, but I think it’s getting to the point where life is back on an even keel. But you deserve to know what’s been going on, as much as I can tell you.
All of this started back in August of last year (as near as I can recall), when my girlfriend was in an auto accident. Then, a few weeks later, she was hurt at work. I can’t go into many details, but suffice to say, it’s affected our lives (hers especially) since then. However, most of those impacts have been temporary, and by the end of this week, things should be getting back to normal for her. But what affects her affects me, and I’ve allowed it to impact my work on the next Demon’s Apprentice book. On top of that, having a day job is...well, having a day job. But, with things getting back to normal, I’m getting back on track, and making steady progress on Reign of Angels again.
Speaking of the book, I’ve come to the conclusion that Reign of Angels marks a change in the series. The first 7 books covered Chance’s apprenticeship as a mage. After this, he will no longer be an apprentice, so it will be time for a different phase in his story. So while this will be the last Demon’s Apprentice book, it won’t be the last of Chance’s adventures. It will also mark the beginning of Lucas’s adventures as he grows into his own role in New Essex, and becomes more than a sidekick to the Mage of New Essex. So, in the future, look for the adventures of not only the Mage of New Essex, but also Guy Midnight.
This year also marks the beginning of some other material I’ve been working on for a while, in other genres. New Essex was originally a superhero setting, but it also fit Chance’s world well. But the dark superhero setting wasn’t my own work entirely, so I’ve been working with a couple of other talented folks on stories that have been in my head for a long time. We’ve been chasing these contrails for a long time, and it is time to share those stories with the world. That doesn’t mean I’m not still writing Chance, but it does mean I’m going to be multi-tasking. Now, if you think this is going to be four-color, capes and tights all over the place, let me assure you that’s not what we’re looking at here. New Essex is a dark place, and it’s in that darkness that a person’s truth is revealed. So expect the same kind of world and characters that you saw in Demon’s Apprentice, and even some of the same magic. But, even if you aren’t a fan of super-powered adventures, I’m not done writing Chance’s adventures. That’s what is on tap for 2020...so far. Who knows what the rest of the year will bring.
Lastly, I want to thank you, True Believers, for sticking with me, and being the best, most patient fans a writer could ask for. I know it’s been a bit. Your support has been amazing, and it’s made all the difference. There have been times when I wanted to just stop, but someone was always there, reminding me that there are other people who love the worlds and characters I write as much as I do. Thanks ofr hanging in there with me. You rock.