by Shelt Garner
I see these five novels as a trilogy and then two novels that are meant to be the foundation of an open ended series. Because I have the general arc of the five novels mapped out in my mind, I can see on a macro level some of the problems I’m going to face.
One problem is the “Death Star” problem that Star Wars has where they essentially have the same issue to deal with over and over (and over) again. But I think I may have solved this situation to some extent. I like the idea that readers of all five novels will notice how history may not repeat, but it does rhyme.
Anyway, I’ve come up with a very dark plot for the second novel which lends itself to being well within the spectrum of the thriller genre. And I’m really enjoying wrapping up the last act of the first novel while throwing myself into the development of the second novel.
And I’m trying to do more reading, too. But I’m thinking once I wrap up the first novel then I’m going to really re-jiggle my priorities for a month and do a lot — a LOT — more reading.
But we’ll see. It’s always difficult for me to consume media as opposed to produce it.