I’ve dropped hints for a while now, and I’m confident I can make an announcement at this point.
The next book I’ll be releasing is called “For Duty”. The manuscript is with my editor right now, and Axel is doing the artwork again. If all parties meet their deadlines, I should have it out in early December. If not, likely January 2011.
What is this book? Well, lemme tell ya!
If you listened to my ramblings at the “Eden” launch party, you know I have dozens of novels all started. Well, one night many years ago, my wife asked me to just tell her a story (she’s so demanding). I picked one of my many unfinished novels and started talking. I think it took me about 30 minutes, and at the end she was floored. The story I told her was actually “For Loyalty”, and that novel remains on the shelf until something pulls it together. “For Duty” is a precursor to “For Loyalty” and this story came together quite quickly after one of my “what if” moments. (then, I wrote it in 2-months time)
Actually, another song was the glue that bound the story – “Stuck in a Moment” by U2. At the time, I mistook the words (yeah, yeah – we all know my limitations as a human being). I thought the lyrics were: “Stuck in the middle”. Don’t ask… I blame the radiation. Shoot, have I already used that one?
Anyway, the story revolves around a small planet (yes, this is sci-fi) stuck in the middle of a war they want no part of. I don’t have the book-blurb ready yet (you can wait). Plus, I’ve always wanted to write a tragedy, so it all fit. I’m a big fan of tragedies, but they “don’t sell”, at least that’s what one agent told me last year when I shopped “For Duty” around. Bullshit. I’m certain there are more folks out there who enjoy a good tragedy just like I do… fuck it – fire in the hole!
“For Duty” cranks up the steam as well. A member of my A-team asked me if I wrote the book for her demographic… I guess, maybe… I dunno. I don’t write to an audience beyond myself and my wife. Sales don’t mean shit to me, only that I have the ability to share.
Anywho, more info to come! Enjoy: