Monday, June 4, 2018
Thank you, readers!
Last Thursday I asked those who've read my books, particularly the Maxwell Saga, to give me their views on whether, and/or how, to continue that series, or replace it, or take another direction. As I write these words, there have been 40 comments on that post, and I've received 23 e-mails offering additional perspectives. That's a great response! Thank you all very much.
The consensus seems clear. I'll include Steve Maxwell as a "visiting character" in other books and series, as he continues his rise up through the ranks in the Lancastrian Commonwealth Fleet, but I won't pursue the Maxwell Saga as such any further. It was my first venture into fiction writing, and I enjoyed it very much, but I've developed as a writer, and I think I can do better than the structure I established as my first effort. In addition, I don't want the series to drag on and on, because readers and fans get turned off by something that never ends. There are plenty of examples where that's happened, and I don't want to make the same mistake.
A few of you asked about nominating one or more of the books in my new trilogy, "Cochrane's Company", for the Dragon Awards this year. I'm looking into that, to find the answers you need, and I'll post something about it within a few weeks. I'm very flattered that, having read only the first book in the trilogy, you think it's worth nominating. I hope you'll find the second, which comes out next week, to be even better!
Watch this space for more details. Thanks again!