FAQ: Elemental Legacy Series #Benzin

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000446_00068]By far, the most questions I get on future series/books/characters have to do with Ben Vecchio and Tenzin in the Elemental Legacy series. So I’m going to try to answer a few of those right now, particularly as they apply to Imitation and Alchemy, the current story I’m publishing for free here on the website.

  1. When will Imitation and Alchemy be up for preorder/published?

I’m probably not going to do a preorder for this book. I’m publishing all the chapters on the website in serial fashion, one chapter a week. Since the novella is finished and I know it has nine chapters, I can tell you  that Chapter Nine will post January 16th, but then it’ll have to go through the editing process before it’s made available for sale. So a lot depends on my editors’/proofreader’s schedule. I’d estimate late January to early February.

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000446_00068]2. Are you going to publish the whole thing for free?

I’m going to publish all the chapters, so the story will be finished. Those who buy the book will also get an epilogue. And the book! I don’t keep it online forever.

3. Will you be doing a paperback/audio?

Paperback, yes. Again, that’ll depend on when it’s finished, but I do plan on doing a paperback edition.

Audio is a different story. My audio publisher has not picked up the series (probably because they’re novellas) but I have considered doing a combined audio edition once all three novellas are out. And I’ll definitely be doing audio editions of the main series, even if I have to publish them myself.

4. When will the main series be published?

I have three novellas planned as prequels to get Ben and Tenzin where I want them before the start of their series. Shadows and Gold (set in China) was the first, Imitation and Alchemy (set in Italy) was the second, and the third will be written next year in the fall/winter and set in the UK. After that, I’ll be starting their series, which will be full-length novels, not novellas. The first will probably be written in 2017.

5. What will the Elemental Legacy novels be about? What genre will they be? Urban fantasy? Paranormal romance? Steampunk long-form poetry?

Once you get to the end of Imitation and Alchemy, you should have a very, very good idea of what the Elemental Legacy series will be. There will be five books. Urban fantasy genre. More action. Lots of humor. Romance? Still my style. I’m really looking forward to them.

I know I’m not supposed to have a favorite character (like you’re not supposed to have a favorite kid, you know?) but IF I DID Ben Vecchio would probably be mine. He’s quickly becoming a fan favorite, as well.

6. Are Ben and Tenzin going to be a romantic couple?

I am so not going to tell you that. Nice try, though.

7. BUT—

Listen, nothing about these two characters is normal. So… even if I wanted to tell you, I’m not sure I could. Yes, I know how it’s all going to shake out. I have a rough outline for the series. I’m just not going to tell you what it is. 🙂I really need to rethink my life.%22

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  1. I love Benzin and hope they do end up together, I still love them even if they don’t… But I’m glad you aren’t spilling the beans, the anticipation will make the end result much sweeter.

  2. I love your writing. At the risk of all the Benzin lovers hating on me I just have say I hope they aren’t a couple. I can still remember Tensin’s line, “That Roman dog has my boy” about Gio. I kinda hope this goes a different direction. Tenzin is so pragmatic I’m she certainly wouldn’t care if someone wanted to be turned or not. She’d make a formidable sire.

  3. I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited for a series. Ever. I love Ben so much, loved him when he was just a side character and a kid. Love him even more now. And throw Tenzin into the mix and I’m sold. Can’t. Wait.

  4. I just read a very short Ben/Tenzin story under Romance website – about Xmas? anything further going to be added or is it an story already published and I missed it.

  5. I’m probably going against the grain here too, but I also hope Ben and Tenzin (I hate “Benzin”) don’t end up as a couple. As Nicole has already mentioned, I too would prefer this goes in a different direction. But whatever way it goes, I still look forward to reading this series, your writing is so well-crafted, so beautifully evocative, that whatever happens, I know I won’t be disappointed.

  6. Will there be more Elemental World Novels and novellas? I love all your writing, so I am very interested to know about all of it 🙂

  7. Romance or not, either works. Tenzin as Ben’s sire would seriously change the dynamic between though… Could be interesting I guess. Regardless, very much looking forward to your word craft and seeing this story play itself through. Thank you.

  8. I’m so looking forward to any and all books in this series! I have read and reread all the Elemental series books multiple times. Love love love them! Any plans for a novella with Natalie and Baojia with her turning into a vampire? Thank you for such a great series!!!!!

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