I'm planning the next few books in my writing calendar, now that Maxwell Volume 5 is almost ready. (Look for it next week!)
Over the next year or so, I have three projects definitely planned, and room for a fourth. 2017 looks something like this, if all goes well.
First quarter of 2017: The second volume of my Western series, the Ames Archives. Publication probably in mid-year (by Castalia House).
Second quarter of 2017: A project to be discussed below (independent publication).
Third quarter of 2017: The third and final volume of the Laredo War trilogy. Publication probably during the fourth quarter (Castalia).
Fourth quarter of 2017: Maxwell Volume 6 (independent, publication before Christmas, God willing).
These are potential, projected books, of course. If all goes very well and I have no interruptions, I'll probably be able to get them done. If anything goes wrong, one may slip into 2018.
The book for the second quarter of 2017 is where I'm looking for your input. I have the following possibilities, all of which are partially written or plotted out already.
- A heroic fantasy novel. Sword and sorcery in the classic tradition, with good triumphing over evil (of course!). The first draft of this novel is about 45% complete.
- Another fantasy novel, less in the 'heroic' tradition, but including sword and sorcery in a more formal military setting. Think late Middle Ages or early Renaissance in a European-style country. First draft is about 30% complete.
- A space detective novel, set in the Maxwell universe and tying in with the Maxwell Saga from time to time (i.e. characters from both series will get together). First draft is about 30% complete.
- A mil-sci-fi novel set in the Maxwell universe, but with completely new characters. The idea would be to establish a backstory from which the character might meet and/or work with Steve Maxwell in future books. Plotted out, but not yet begun.
I'd like to hear from you, readers, about which of the above projects most interests you. I've listed them in the order in which I'd like to tackle them; but I can only make a living by writing what my readers want! Please let me know, in Comments or via e-mail, which of these four projects sounds most interesting to you, and we'll see whether there's a consensus.