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September Monthly Update

September, and a cool foggy morning that feels slightly unseasonable, with fat spiders in their webs draped over every enormous, lush plant -- summer at its richest, just beginning to turn. My not-so-little kitten is sprawled across my desk sleeping, more than a year old now and on his way to becoming a perfectly enormous cat. (He's the one who hasn't been in a book yet. No doubt in time he will be. I'm open to suggestions about which character is in need of a cat.)

So what's going on this month?

Secrets is out and selling nicely. I'm starting to hear from you guys about it, particularly about the origins of the Wraith plotline, and I'd love to answer questions or chat.

Lost Things is doing very well -- I'm so pleased with the response to it! I've heard from quite a few people who loved it and are waiting for the sequel, and that's so gratifying.

The big thing, of course, is The General's Mistress, which is approaching its October 23 release date. In the next few weeks we'll have the make it or break it critical reviews and the first feedback via sales, which will determine whether or not the sequel, The Emperor's Companion, is bought. So cross your fingers and toes! I think this is my best book yet, and I hope you think so too!

Meanwhile, Melissa and Amy and I are working on The Inheritors, the last book of the Legacy series, which should be out in November. There isn't much I can say about it that isn't spoilery, but I think it's going to be very exciting and a big finish to the series.

Behind The Inheritors is Moebius Squared, my SG-1 novel with Melissa Scott, which is expected in January. That one's been turned in a long time, and we had so much fun writing it.

Also to come early in the new year is Steel Blues, the second book in The Order of the Air and sequel to Lost Things. I don't have a solid date for it yet, but probably January or February. I love these characters so much! This book really begins to flesh out a lot of things just suggested in Lost Things.

As to what I'm working on now besides The Inheritors, Melissa and I are about halfway through the third Order of the Air book, Silver Bullet. I swear I could write ten books in this series because there is so much to do in this period that's just plain nifty! I have the feeling that Silver Bullet is going to be described by readers as "the one with Tesla," but that's ok. Nikola Tesla does kind of make a splash when he appears.

So that's what's up with me! Questions? Comments?


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Sep. 3rd, 2012 02:59 pm (UTC)
It's a long shot, but I think Darling should have a cat. There's that adage about pets looking like their owners...
Sep. 3rd, 2012 03:23 pm (UTC)
Hee! I wonder how Darling and Newton get along....
Sep. 3rd, 2012 03:28 pm (UTC)
If Newton is anything like my kitten, it'll likely end in "Moooooooom help it's in my hair getitoutgetitoutgetitout."
Sep. 3rd, 2012 06:14 pm (UTC)
Newton is much more my other cat, the one who's Siamese. She loudly expresses her displeasure!
Sep. 3rd, 2012 06:53 pm (UTC)
When I read that, I pictured Darling trying to mimic Newton's complaints. It's a cuter mental image, but it seems like something that would drive everyone else up a wall.
Sep. 4th, 2012 10:21 am (UTC)
He's lucky wraith heal fast, otherwise he'd have claw scratches all over hands, arms and legs...
Sep. 3rd, 2012 04:02 pm (UTC)
Wraith Origins
One thing I'm curious about with regards to the origins of the Wraith is how much of general Ancient society knew about how the wraith came to be?

If I've picked it up correctly; the implication I got, certainly from Secrets, was that Hyperion's work wasn't well known and probably deliberately concealed by the Ancients rulers from the general populace; if so I wonder how they would have explained the emergence of the Wraith to their population, most of whom, I imagine, probably wouldn't have bought the natural evolution of human crossed with iratus bug explanation.

Sep. 3rd, 2012 06:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Wraith Origins
I think in general Ancient society knew nothing about Hyperion's work! I mean, how much does the average person today know about the victims of the Spanish Inquisition in the 15th century? It was something a bunch of people did a long time ago which was bad and over centuries ago. The idea of suddenly having a pile of people come out of the woodwork to revenge themselves on everyone of European origin as payback for the Spanish Inquisition would be baffling. I think Morgan is telling the truth when she says that as far as they were concerned the Wraith just came out of nowhere.
Sep. 3rd, 2012 06:15 pm (UTC)
Lewis......he needs a cat. I'm sure of it. Alma, while generous, strikes me as too practical to give away people food to pets when humans are in need. Mitch, too all-american to begin with. A pet would do his already good boy image no good. :) Jerry - would most likely forget to feed the pet while reading about ancient cats in an obscure language. So, Lewis it is. Lewis, who is already a bit of an outcast himself, needs a little scrawny kitten to sneak morsels to fatten up into a nice lazy tom-cat! That's my story and I'm sticking to it. ;)
Sep. 3rd, 2012 06:39 pm (UTC)
Oh yes! Lewis definitely needs a cat! He's a softie at heart. Mitch likes cats, but he wouldn't get one because yes, it would do his image no good! But Lewis definitely needs a scrawny kitten. Oh yes.
Sep. 3rd, 2012 09:26 pm (UTC)
I'm both looking forward to, and dreading, the end of the Legacy series! Will there be any chance of a continuation of the Wraith society and backstory you guys have established, perhaps in more books further down the line?
Sep. 3rd, 2012 09:56 pm (UTC)
It's possible. We've talked about a potential Wraith book, but it's just talk at the moment, with no actual proposal on the table. It all depends on what goes on with MGM at this point!
Sep. 3rd, 2012 10:32 pm (UTC)
Along with that question- is there any talk of a "season 7"? Also, on a side note, would there be any consideration from either you or MGM for a "season 11" of SG-1?
Sep. 4th, 2012 12:36 pm (UTC)
There has been some talk about a "season 7." I really don't know if that's going anywhere though.

As far as SG-1, it's my understanding that a different trio of authors have suggested a plotline and have a proposal on the table, one of whom is one of my favorite SG-1 authors! Again, I don't know if that will happen or not, but it would be great if it did!
Sep. 4th, 2012 08:34 pm (UTC)
I think there are a lot of possibilities for "season 7," especially after what's happening in Legacy. I really hope you guys get to do another "season."

And that's great news! I hadn't heard anything about SG-1 so I was very curious about that. It'd be great if their proposal is accepted! I've always wanted to see more of Mitchell, Vala, and Landry.
Shawn Edwards
Sep. 3rd, 2012 10:17 pm (UTC)
Will Elizabeth Weir play a part in the Inheritors?
Elizabeth didn't play much of a role in Secrets. Will she show up in the Inheritors? Some days, I just wish someone could modify Merlin's device to force the Ancients to descend to answer for all the big messes they left behind!

Sep. 4th, 2012 12:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Will Elizabeth Weir play a part in the Inheritors?
Yes! Elizabeth is definitely in The Inheritors! But to say any more would be very spoilery.
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