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.
- 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.
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.
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. 🙂