While doing final line-edits for THE FORSAKEN THRONE, I discovered that I’d mis-attributed a quote to Abraham Lincoln in my author’s note. The quote is “The best way to predict the future is to invent it” and it was actually said by a guy working for Xerox Parc, the team that invented the modern computer user interface.
Well, authors predict the future by creating it. What you are anxiously eager to read (THE SILENT SHIELD) was finished months ago. So what does Jeff have cooking in his imagination? It’s about time I told you.
First, while I was in Mexico last month, an opportunity came knocking on the door to create an adult coloring book. I didn’t even know grown-ups like doing coloring books at all, so this was a new market. So I’ve begun partnering with the Dabel Brothers on this project and we plan to do a coloring book for the Legends of Muirwood series first. I’ll post more about this as it progresses, but I’m excited to work on this with them. And I’m also excited for younger kids to engage with my stories too, even if they aren’t old enough to read the books.
Secondly, I’ve completed writing another stand-alone Kingfountain novel. After finishing Book 6, I still wasn’t done with the world and wasn’t ready to let go. Before I even wrote The Queen’s Poisoner, I had conjured up the character of Ankarette. It was fun using her in The Maid’s War, but I felt she needed her own story, a story that tells her origin and how she came to become the person Owen met in Liona’s kitchen. I’ve also partnered with Podium to produce the audiobook of this new work, which will also be in Kindle and print formats. It’s called The Poisoner’s Enemy and it was so-much-fun to write. There are characters you’ve already met and some you never knew about that have played a role behind the scenes. It’s full of twists and turns as we watch Ankarette maneuver the politics of her day. I don’t have a publishing date for this yet, but it should be in early 2018. Stay tuned for more news and a link to pre-order it.
And lastly, I’ve signed a five-book deal with 47North for my newest project. I normally dream up stories in 3-book arcs, so this is different for me (and for my publisher). There will be two protagonists instead of one. I’ve cooked up something new and different and interesting. The scope and scale of this series will be pretty epic. For now, it’s tentatively titled The Harbinger Series. It’s an old-fashioned word that denotes someone warning of something to come. A prediction of the future, perhaps?
I’ll talk more about it later. You’ve been warned.
Hope you enjoy book 5 of Kingfountain soon!