Ever since the first Painted Man ARCs were released in the UK and Australia, I’ve been getting e-mail from readers. Most of it has been amazingly kind and encouraging, some readers have questions, and others are looking to pick a fight.
I love them all. Even the fight pickers. Sometimes those most of all. I love a good debate.
Thus far I’ve made a point of responding to every reader e-mail individually with a unique reply. I’m not a fan of form letters. I love talking to readers, and have often had long back-and-forth correspondence with people and developed very real friendships.
The problem is that I have begun receiving mail far faster than I can answer it. At first reader could expect a reply from me within a week or less. Then it became a fortnight. A month. Six weeks. Months.
I’m starting to feel really guilty about not replying like I used to, but I have a lot of professional writing commitments, including my next book, which I expect most of you would like delivered to my publishers in relative short order. I’d sure like that, too.
I don’t want people to stop writing to me. Not even a little bit. I still read each and every letter, usually within minutes of receipt, and they are all precious to me. I just want people to understand before they contact me that it might be a while, if ever, before I can reply. It doesn’t mean I don’t love you. Sometimes, if I am really busy, my assistant will respond, usually after discussion with me.
If you’re writing with a question, and don’t want to wait, there are lots of resources to get the answers in the meantime. Have you checked my News page? Most of my publishing updates are there, along with excerpts, interviews, discussion forums, upcoming appearances, etc.
I’ve done a LOT of interviews. Like 50, each with an average of a dozen questions. Odds are, your question is part of this multitude. For your convenience, I have compiled all my interviews here.
I’ve also been maintaining a pretty active blog called Peephole in My Skull for several years, starting long before I was published and including entries on my initial writing and submission/sale process. I also talk at length about the creative process, show off awesome fan art, and run contests where I give away free shit. The blog entries are categorized, and there is a search engine if you’re looking for something specific. Check out the Peephole here.
Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions. I will try and update this list when I can:
1) How many books will there be in the series?
The Demon Cycle is NOT a trilogy. Never was and never will be, no matter what you hear elsewhere. Some people, including the marketers at my own publishers, just can’t seem to mention a fantasy series without the word trilogy. The series will run for about 5 books, with the 5th book giving closure to the current tale. I say “about” 5 books because there will be occasional novellas set in the same world, like The Great Bazaar, Brayan’s Gold, and Messenger’s Legacy. A sixth, standalone book set in Tibbet’s Brook is planned for after the main series concludes, though there is no title yet.
2) When will the next book be out?
Book 4, The Skull Throne, goes on sale March 31, 2015 in the US and Canada, and April 9 in the UK and Australia. The gap is there so I can physically be in both markets on launch day to support the book, rather than any slight to one or the other. The book is in the process of being translated into other languages, and publication dates will be announced when they are available. Book 5, The Core, is in progress, but is mostly unwritten. It will likely not be available until 2017 at the earliest.
3) What order should the books be read in?
The Warded/Painted Man
The Great Bazaar
The Desert Spear
The Daylight War
The Skull Throne (on sale March 31, 2015)
The Core (forthcoming)
4)Is there any movie/TV news?
Not at this time. Things in Hollywood take time, and nothing is guaranteed. Believe me, if movie/TV plans begin moving forward and there is news to share, I will shout it from the mountaintops.
5) How can I get a signed book?
There are some online sellers that specialize in signed books, but these are often pricy and hard to find. The easiest way to get a signed book is to request a signed bookplate. These are custom-designed adhesive plates that I will sign and personalize, which you can insert into your books. Details on how to get plates for your own books here.
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