A week on from the release of ORIGINS – the final part of THE LAZARUS WAR trilogy – and I’m still struggling to accept that I now have three books published! I’ve been moved on by the staff of various Waterstones up and down the country for staring vacantly at the shelf where my books are located…
In other news, I was recently asked to write a blogpost for the good folks at Ragnarok Publications – publishers of many SFF titles, and in particular several interesting genre anthologies. As this tied in with the release of ORIGINS, I thought I’d put together a few bits of advice on writing a trilogy. When I signed my contract with Orbit for ARTEFACT, I was lucky enough to acquire a three-book deal. Whilst that was incredible, it was also a daunting prospect because at that time I’d only written one book! That’s right: a single, solo book…
At the time of writing LEGION in particular, I remember trawling the internet for advice on writing books two and three in a series. Yeah, turns out there aren’t so many posts on the topic after all: maybe this post will help you if you’re ever in the enviable position of being asked to write a trilogy!
Here’s an excerpt from the article:
“In a perfect world, I’d suggest that you plot out your three books. However, we rarely live in a perfect world. The reality for most writers is that you can’t take two years out of your day job to plot and write those three books. The best alternative to this is to plot – however vaguely – your story trajectory.”
There are lots more practical tips and tricks in the post. You can read the full article here.
I also wrote a piece for Ragnarok Publications back in March 2016, so if you haven’t already checked that out be sure to head over to their blog. There are many other interesting articles there too.
ORIGINS is available now in ebook, paperback and audiobook. You can buy it from all good booksellers (online and physical), as well as the other books in the series, ARTEFACT and LEGION. Thanks to all of my readers for your support!