I had to put down the sci-fi thriller I was working on. I just wasn't feeling it right now. What I was feeling was the urge to start on the Progeny sequel. So that's what I've done. Many of you have been asking about the sequel, and, well, here it comes!
What is the story?
That's top secret. No, not really, but without giving too much away for those who haven't read Progeny yet, the sequel will take place between the last chapter and the epilogue. It will focus on those left behind, leading up to the phone call that Progeny ended with. Book III will then pick up from that phone call.
There were more than a few reviews on Amazon wishing there had been more character development for the peripheral characters. Well, this is where we will get all that.
There were also some VERY angry reviews (that are kind of scary, actually - the vehemence and rage that some people have in their hearts over a story they probably didn't even pay for quite disturbing from a societal perspective) suggesting that I hate women. I'm still trying to understand those comments (not really). Some of them made absolutely no sense whatsoever. The women in the story, for those of you who haven't read it, find themselves as victims of unique circumstance. The story is as much about freeing them from those circumstances as it is our heroes trying to get home (I would destroy the credibility of such reviews here, but I cannot do so without giving away what happens in Book I for those who haven't read it yet). In any case, the sequel will feature some tough, complex female roles.
In Book I, I wasn't able to flush out some of my favorite characters simply because I did not have the space to do so. With all the information that was needed to establish the reality base for the story, I had to keep out certain things that I otherwise would have loved to include. And I know that this is the very reason some people didn't like Progeny - because there was too much information for them - but the book was not written for them. As I'm going through Progeny again, making notes for the sequel, I'm finding myself amazed all over again at the bizarre and unexplained information that I spent months and months researching for the story. The people who love the book are those who, like me, find themselves fascinated by the information, checking out the bibliography and Googling the facts presented. Obviously, those who couldn't care less about how in the world the pyramid complex was built (and when) would find all this information boring. But, like I said, Progeny is for those who find the topics intriguing. Like I do. Which is why I wrote it.
With that said, however, Book II will not contain as much information since our resident archaeologist will not be there to inform us of all that is strange when it comes to the mysteries in our world's past. This will be an action-packed, suspense thriller with giants, demons, and deep characters. There will be a mystery that is uncovered that will help propel the story into Book III, and there will even be a love story in there somewhere, but Book II will be built upon the foundation of facts that was presented in Book I.
I'm excited to revisit the island, to flush out some of the other characters, and to include some of the scenes and characters that didn't make the edit into Book I (and even some scenes from Noahic - the precursor to Progeny). The cover is being worked on right now, and I'm really excited about that, too. As to how long it will take me to write...I have no idea. The story should be more of a joy to work on and less of a project, but I have these three things here with me, crying, pooping, climbing into my lap, begging me to play with them...what are they? Oh, yes. Children (they don't all poop and cry - just the new one). And that other thing I have...called a job - which sucks (but I'm thankful I'm employed). And then there's the wife. Who says she supports my writing but can have a funny way of showing it sometimes:-) All things considered, hopefully it's sooner rather than later...so stay tuned. I'll post the cover art as soon as I have it.
Happy New Year, everyone!!! Hope you had a great holiday.