Over the last year or so, readers have asked me if I’m going to finish the Age of Steam steampunk series. As it stands now, there are three novels and one short story in the series, um…in this order:
1.5. HANG FIRE (short story, Kindle only at this point)
2. TIN SWIFT
3. COLD COPPER
If you’ve read these novels, you know there is an almost-guaranteed plot for 7 books, what with all the bits of that pesky world-destroying device our heroes need to find. At the end of Cold Copper, things really take a turn toward the interesting. There is certainly more story to tell.
So where is book #4?
When I pitched DEAD IRON, I was contracted for two books, releasing on a once-a-year schedule. At that time, I was also writing two-books-a-year in the Allie Beckstrom series.
The Age of Steam books take a bit of research, and I prefer a little slower writing pace when I’m putting them together. Nonetheless, I happily wrote these books in between the Allie books with a love and passion that I hope shows on the page.
These characters are important to me. Fun to be around. Ornery. I love them like the dickens.
But by the time we were negotiating the single-book contract for book #3, the market for steampunk had shifted fairly drastically, and sales were not climbing. My editor and publisher still believed in the series, and so did I, so we found a way to get Cold Copper into the hands of readers.
My publisher didn’t cancel the series. As a matter of fact, they have dibs on seeing the next book in the series when I write it.
That’s right: when.
There are four more books in this series. I plan to write them. Some of you have gone out of your way to tell me how much you’ve enjoyed the trouble Cedar, Mae, Hink, Rose, Wil and those wily Madder brothers get themselves into. I can’t tell you how much those comments have meant to me.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I have the best readers in the world!
The “how” of writing another steampunk book is another question. Right now, I’m writing book #3 in the House Immortal series–a new trilogy with books coming out this September, next March, then September again. I am also finishing off proofs for book #1, and have revisions for book #2 right around the corner. Then there will be revisions for book #3, copy edits for books #2 & #3, more proofs, etc., etc..
So this year is out for writing another book.
My hope (and at this point, it’s a hope not a promise) is that I can write the next steampunk in 2015. Where it will be published, how it will be published, and when it will be published is very much up in the air.
But I will keep all of you in the loop as the adventure unfolds.