The future …

12 Feb

Hi, everyone

Good news first – The Zero Equation has been uploaded to Amazon and should be available for purchase within 48 hours. I’ll put up another blog post and update the site when I get the notification from KDP, but it may be available earlier.

Zero Equation cover FOR WEB

Bad news – I’m not sure what my schedule will look like over the next few months.

I’m currently writing Invincible in February, with the intention of following up with The Princess in the Tower in March. After that … it gets a little confused. I want to write a self-published book between Princess and Embers of War (Kat 6), but I’m not sure which one yet.

I’ve got several options. First, there’s the homeschooled magic kids idea, which grew out of a discussion about the relative lack of such stories. It’ll be urban fantasy – basically, a father took his twin children away from the magical community after his wife died in childbirth and his kids appeared to have no magic of their own. However, he was wrong about that, forcing him to teach them himself (as he doesn’t want to go back home.) And there’s a long shadow cast over their lives from the past …

It will be set in its own universe, which does offer the prospect of breaking into trad-publishing (for what it’s worth, these days.)

Second, there’s The Alchemist’s Apprentice, which is basically a stand-alone set in the Zero Universe.

Third, there’s The Pen and the Sword, which is Book 15 of The Empire’s Corps. It’s another stand-alone, but it’s also meant as a lead-in to the storyline following the Slaughterhouse Marines, who remained in the core worlds as the empire started its final collapse.

I may also do Learning Experience 5, provisionally entitled The Long-Range War.

What do you want to see?


30 Responses to “The future …”

  1. Hugh Blair February 12, 2018 at 5:14 pm #

    Chris I would like another Learning Experience first and foremost. After that the next Empire ‘s Corps, Angel in the Whirlwind and Ark Royal in any order.

  2. Robert Wilson February 12, 2018 at 5:28 pm #

    The Long Range War first and foremost

  3. Andrew February 12, 2018 at 5:45 pm #

    All of the above, but i would like to see the slaughterhouse marines more

  4. benbailey12373 February 12, 2018 at 5:49 pm #

    I like the sound of the Alchemist’s apprentice. I hope there isn’t going to be a big gap between the Princess in the Tower and Long Live the Queen as I’m guessing their two parts of a whole like Infinite Regress/Past Tense and Gordian Knot/Graduation Day

  5. Casus Belli February 12, 2018 at 5:55 pm #

    Pen and sword or Learning experience please. I’ve suffered withdrawal as I don’t do fantasy. I need my fix. Something sci-fi.

  6. Daniel February 12, 2018 at 6:15 pm #

    Learning experience 5 is the one from you I really want to see. Though I like the idea of the home schooled as a second. And I love the empire Corp but feel that could use a little longer rest

  7. Geri Palmer February 12, 2018 at 7:57 pm #

    SIM is my first choice for stories – always (waiting impatiently for ‘Princess’ – and more…). But of the choices you gave, I would like to see (1st) the The Alchemist’s Apprentice in the Zero world (since I am already invested in that world), and (2nd) the ‘homeschooled magic kids’ story – that one sounds promising!

  8. Marshall Ellis February 12, 2018 at 8:01 pm #

    Learning Experience 5!

  9. Michiel February 12, 2018 at 8:08 pm #

    Although I enjoy your other series, I still like the ‘Schooled’ series the best. There is still so much more to explore in that world.

    That being said: I completely understand that you need variety and different projects to stay inspired and creative. I think no one wants you to just grunt out an endless series of uninspired stories.

    So, speaking for myself, I would say: write whatever motivates you, and I will buy and read most of it :)….. And secretly hope a lot of it will be ‘Schooled’

    One skill you have and is often underestimated is that you can write long series without each books plot having to be bigger and badder than the last. Many writer’s main characters end up with godlike powers and a world apocalypse within 3 books after which they get stuck. (Emily might end up there eventually, but I am guessing that will take a good long time)

  10. Billy February 12, 2018 at 8:39 pm #

    This is something I saw while watching a TV series – OZ I think it was
    (Not sure on the name- It was The Wizard of OZ – a recent remake that only had one season – then canceled)

    Something I saw in the next to the last episode – which I thought would have been great in the Schooled in magic series.

    Dorthy was walking (Coming to a battle) and walking behind her was a huge stone giant.
    (It was not carrying her)

    It was walking behind her as backup, making earthquake noses with every step.

    I saw that and I was thinking that would have been a great scene with Emily.
    (of course the stone giant was destroyed by a young witch – but, it was a good scene while it lasted)

  11. FarWalker February 12, 2018 at 10:34 pm #

    The homeschool book sounds Like a nice change.

  12. cmcamp7 February 12, 2018 at 11:22 pm #

    I like the sound of the homeschooling scenario. There really aren’t that many in the fantasy genre.

  13. James February 13, 2018 at 12:10 am #

    I would like to see The Long Range War or home schooled. Empire War would be last

  14. Doc Jables February 13, 2018 at 1:45 am #

    ALE 5, for sure, but TEC 15 also sounds intriguing.

    Any chance that ALE 4 will ever be released on audiobook?

    Looking forward to all of the books.

  15. Ihas February 13, 2018 at 8:07 am #

    SIM, SIM, and more SIM. Also SIM.

  16. Darryl February 13, 2018 at 8:08 am #

    How serious was your comment about breaking into traditional publishing? Do you see that they have anything to offer you?

  17. Mervyn Thomas February 13, 2018 at 9:10 am #

    Write what you want, I’ll read it happily.

  18. B February 13, 2018 at 1:35 pm #

    One thing I seem to see a lack of is a story set in a world that has a magical community and schools but the protagonist, while inherently capable but is some kind of outcast or pariah and becomes a powerful self-taught mage.

  19. Stuart the Viking February 13, 2018 at 2:34 pm #

    My answer is “YES! I wanna read them all!” I know… not super helpful.

    Although, for most of the Empire Corps series I’ve REALLY been hoping for a story line covering what happened to the Slaughterhouse Marines. So if I had those choices in a stack right in front of me (well, virtual stack in my kindle anyway), that’s the one I would read first.

  20. Alan Sharkey February 13, 2018 at 9:45 pm #

    Learning experience please.


  21. David Graf February 13, 2018 at 10:41 pm #

    It’s been far too long since we had something new in the Empire Corps series. Please finish that first.

  22. Janitta February 14, 2018 at 12:02 am #

    I love Emily’s story. That said Alassa’s Tale made me wish to read Jade’s story. Any chance of seeing his side?

    • Farwalker February 15, 2018 at 12:58 am #

      I agree. Jade’s story would be interesting.

  23. Christopher Meigs February 14, 2018 at 1:17 pm #

    I would like to see the next Learning Experience book please.

  24. Brian Walker February 15, 2018 at 4:53 am #

    Royal sorceress!

  25. Bryce February 15, 2018 at 6:59 am #

    so does that mean “Allyssa in the Tower” will be out in march?

  26. lupus7 February 16, 2018 at 3:36 am #

    The Long-Range War.

  27. james conklin February 16, 2018 at 5:18 pm #

    royal sorceress, SIM, ALE5, SAT2.

  28. Alan Sharkey February 19, 2018 at 2:16 pm #

    Learning experience followed by more in the Zero universe please

  29. Joe February 19, 2018 at 4:36 pm #

    More SIM or more Zero!

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