Ah, my faithful and impatient readers. A word, if I may. I have some disappointing news for you.
The next Molly book won’t be out until the end of summer at the very earliest. I know this breaks the heart of my dearest sister and quite a few others, especially since the book has been so close to completion for a few months now, but I’ve had to sort the order of my projects, and poor Molly suffered, as she always does, the worst.
Now for the true hailstorm of stones. The next Wool story will be out sometime between April and June. Hey, that’s still less than half a year from the release of Wool 5, but I know you got spoiled there for a while. Here’s the reason, and a confession on some of my habits and hang-ups:
I work like a madman when a series is “incomplete.” I can’t stand the cliffhangers any more than you can. At the end of the first Wool, I was able to move on and work on other things. After Wool 2, I couldn’t stop until I’d gotten to the end of Wool 5. The process consumed me and drove me mad. I had to keep working and living with these poor characters until I had either killed them or helped them reach a safe bit of flotsam to cling to.
The Molly and Wool books both sit peaceably, now. (As much as I allow any series to sit peaceably). Because of that, it tears my gut up to contemplate disturbing them. Not so soon. Instead, I am going to stick to my original (according to the Wool Q&A) plan of starting the Sand Land series (the name of which has changed slightly). The first short story in this world will come out in the next four weeks. After that, there will probably be a flurry of Sand Land novella until the world is secure (or everyone is dead).
I don’t think you’ll hate these books, even though you’ll be wanting more from another series. Once Sand Land is done, I’ll probably get I, Zombie out the door and then the next Wool book. Don’t worry, I’ll be working on most of these simultaneously, so the delay won’t be enormous. And my self-loathing will probably keep the prices way below where they should be, so even if you hate what I’m releasing, you won’t go broke feeding your disgust.
So that’s the plan as of right now. It could change in a wink. Sand Land (different title, though), I, Zombie (a mess of a book), Wool 6 or 9 (not sure which), and finally Molly 5 (a kick-ass book). There’s been call for a Half Way Home 2 as well, which I fully plan on tackling.
Oh, and my memoirs. Which my mother and a few others will read. And this other project I’ve been thinking of…