Death of a Hero should be done around New Years, so I’m thinking forward to the next story in the Price anthology.
While it may be a bit premature, I’m both pleased and disappointed in my work. I’ve gone over the desired wordcount by almost 50k. While I think it was *essential* to draw the readers into Zach’s world the way I did, to get the appropriate impact from the story, I worry some of the early chapters are more “filler” than “material”. In any final draft, I expect to see a lot of those chapters slimmed or destroyed during the editing process.
Also, had a chapter I outright removed for being a mistake to write in the first place. It’ll probably go into a future book, however. So that’s something.
When DoaH (which needs a better final title, I’ve decided) ends, I’ll take a week off and then move on to my second book. I’ve got a list of future books planned below, and the bold ones are the ones I’m considering starting next. By all means, reader feedback requested.
Planned Future Stories: (All have “Price” in front, because I’m a namedropping scumlord who likes puns).
In Triplicate: Possibly the first story that explores the pairbonding effect in significant detail, following the only known bonded trio. Also gives a look at Kitten’s past. There’s the possibility of this being two books, actually.
Unspoken: Arianna’s story. A story that plans to focus on transgender issues, with a FtM main… and he happens to be a mob princess. Also some thinly veiled jabs at real Chicago politics.
Nothing Given: Tentative title for Anima’s turn as a main character. While it’s the direct sequel to Death of a Hero, it will not be my second book. No matter what, In Triplicate comes first.
Buyer’s Remorse: Sequel to Nothing Given.
Overdue: This book ties the In Triplicate and Death of a Hero series together. As of right now, it’s the final planned book in both series. But, hey, by the time I finish all currently planned books, it’ll be 2018 or so. I’ll probably have more ideas by then.
Paid In Blood: Where we have what is functionally a succubus as a main character. Unsubtle reference and exploration of hypersexuality as a disorder. Treated with respect.
Double Billing: A story of pairbonded siblings, one a hero and one a villain.
Of a Dream: Follows a character whose power is to enter and influence the dreams of other Imbued. A story where I *legitimately* delve into race relations, and the cycle of violence, from both sides of the fence. Sort of indirect sequel to Double Billing.
Rebirth: Featuring a mind control Gadgeteer as the
Swan Song: Involving a singer, a stalker, and a convoluted murder mystery. From the perspective of the police employed heroes.