Art by Juan Gimenez

Finally finished the new novel today and sent it off to my agent. It’s been a labor of love for the past year, with most of the intense writing happening over the past three months. It’s always a great feeling to finish a novel and get it off your plate.

I imagine it’s quite like giving birth after nine months of carrying a baby–you love it, you’ve taken great pains to do everything just right, but now you have to get that thing out of you before you go freakin’ nuts. So it’s great to have TIMES NEVER CHANGE out of my system at last.

The novel I wrote last year, IMMACULATE SCOUNDRELS, still hasn’t found a publisher. It may never find one. Such is life. So we keep on rolling with the new book, which serves as a fresh start into the same universe as the first book. However, nobody will ever need to read the first book to enjoy the second one. In fact, if SCOUNDRELS fails to sell (as it probably has), then TIMES becomes the new First Book of the Scaleborn Series.

The world I’ve dreamed up here is a blend of Asian and Roman influences, but it’s a fantasy world with no direct relation to our own world–except perhaps in the themes that it explores. I don’t want to say too much about it for fear of spoilers, but suffice it to say that it has tons of action, sorcery, and the whole saga spins out from two complex characters who have never met one another.

It’s a world where sorcerers live for a thousand years but still have the same problems as those who live normal lifespans. It’s a world of supernatural forces, nature spirits, eldritch demons, and flashing blades. I also hope that it’s a world I’ll be able to share with you soon. But that’s up to the skills of my fantastic agent and the wisdom of established book publishers.

In the worst-case scenario neither of these books sell. In that case, it’s back to the drawing board next summer for some brand-new concepts. Who knows? Maybe I’ll write a play next time instead of a novel. The possibilities are endless…

Peace!
John

Art by Frank Frazetta