Search For Help launched on October 19 and on time. I started work on these three books in June of 2015 with the idea of completing a trilogy by October of this year (2017). On the one hand, I completed my task. On the other hand, is isn’t a trilogy! The story and the characters made it impossible to stop at three books. No one was more surprised that I was. I found, however, that the story and the characters take on a life of their own and, somewhat out of my control, dictate what happens next.
Until now, I thought I had a plan but now I have to find out what happens next. I do know, however, that Book 4 in the series will be called New Horizons. That’s the name of a new ship but is also a reflection of the new adventure Van Childs and his Galactic Force will be taking. I have a general idea where they will be going, but the details haven’t been shown to me yet. That may sound strange, but consider that Ray Bradbury used to talk to his characters. He would ask them questions like “who are you”? So, if I do something similar, I think I’m following in great shoes.
For those of you who read my work, I think I’m getting better at this fiction stuff. As I’ve told many people, fiction writing is much more difficult than non-fiction. I’ve also said that you need help along the way and that’s why I owe so much to writers Bob Mayer, Deb Cavanaugh and L.G. (Liz) O’Connor as well as my editor Tammy Salyer.
I hope you enjoy Search For Help. It is the first truly space oriented book of the series and reveals the magnitude of Van Childs’ problems as well as the challenges for humankind.
How has the series been for you?