This just occurred to me to ask, so I thought I'd pop a quick blog post up here. Maybe this is more appropriate to Twitter or Facebook, but...hey, we'll see!
Here's my question to you:
After the Traveler's Gate Trilogy, what kind of book would you like to see from me?
You can feel free to interpret this question however you like. I'm not sure what I mean either. Do you want to see the first book in a long series? A couple of stand-alone novels? A YA steampunk romance? What?
I'm just curious. This may or may not have any bearing on what I actually write next. I'm just interested to see what you think.
This is your chance to try and convince me to write a series from the perspective of that blind dwarf psion you played in your last D&D game! Go nuts!
(HINT: It's always going to be fantasy genre. I don't really have any ideas that don't have magic in them. It's possible that I could branch somewhat into sci-fi or horror, but I'll never stray far from my magical roots.)
12/18/2013 10:45:13 am
An Epic fantasy would be great, something monstrous in length, a good fat book. While I enjoyed the Traveler's Gate tremendously, I felt they were too short; think Malazan without all of those pesky extras and more character focused. I also think mixing up sci fi and fantasy would be great, put a couple of magicians on a space ship or something.
12/18/2013 10:57:59 am
In the right context, I'd love to mix up fantasy and sci-fi. Wizards in a spaceship, alchemists forced to confront an alien invasion, a hyper-advanced global dystopia trying to suppress the discovery of magic...it sounds cool to me, but I feel like I would have to be REALLY passionate about the story to make it work.
1/7/2014 03:57:49 pm
I've always wanted to write/read a story on an a sci-fi/fantasy hybrid with an invasion of earth by advanced extraterrestrials, except they have magic instead of more advanced technology. The fact that magic could never be truly understood by us would make an invasion of that sort all the more terrifying.
12/19/2013 04:03:51 am
I like the scifi/fantasy mix you created w/ the travelers gate trilogy. Different dimensions (territories) and magic work really well together.
12/19/2013 06:51:54 am
I mentioned last week that I'd like to do a series where a near-future Earth started to develop magic, and civilization was destroyed as a result. Well, the mechanism I intended to use to create that "magical apocalypse" is very similar to what you're describing: two Territory-like worlds "crashed" into Earth, creating a chaotic blend of three different cultures, technologies, races, and magic systems all mixing and blending together. Everyone's trying to survive and adapt in the new world.
12/20/2013 04:46:46 am
SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!!
12/19/2013 08:54:32 am
I want an epic 3-5 books (longer if you want) series where most books are about twice as long as your current. I guess I'd settle for same length but much longer series too. I think one of your biggest strengths is you don't put much fat into your books but it probably makes them shorter.
12/19/2013 11:58:53 pm
Epic: Like you said, there's not a whole lot of padding in my books, so I'm not sure if I even could write a good series of that length. That said, all the worlds I come up with (the Traveler's Gate world, for instance) are sized for big, meaty, world-building series instead of the trim action books I'm writing now. Most of my favorite series are ponderous and weighty, so I'd love to write one of those. Just got to come up with the right balance...
12/19/2013 12:31:46 pm
You have mentioned a Valin novella; I recommend a full length feature. Although not necessarily next. Maybe a guide to wrestling octopi.
12/19/2013 11:48:35 pm
They do say to "write what you know." And what I know is wrestling octopi.
12/19/2013 03:29:57 pm
3rd time attempted posting...
12/20/2013 12:10:48 am
Third time attempted posting, eh? Did your comments just vanish when you tried to post them, and you were afraid to try again lest you double-post? That's happened to me before, and I still don't know what caused it.
12/19/2013 09:04:17 pm
12/19/2013 09:19:21 pm
Prey... Damn. Ruins the whole thing. Now they are falling down and praying.
12/20/2013 12:16:15 am
The members of the love triangle are also highly religious and like to fall to their knees and pray constantly. SOLD! I'm going to write this, and I'm going to credit you, Tim, on the cover for my inspiration. It's going to be called "Sunset" and it's going to be aimed directly at teenage girls.
12/19/2013 11:02:06 pm
I've got loads but they are generally very detailed, at least as far as world biulding goes. I've got pages of notes that I've jotted down notes on when I get an idea. Won't be able to lay out my (numerous) ideas here.
12/20/2013 12:20:30 am
Well, I wasn't necessarily asking for specific ideas. Especially if you've got the whole book figured out. I'm not trying to take your ideas, I'm just trying to get a feel for the kind of book you all would like to read from me.
12/20/2013 04:23:31 pm
I can't wright characters so a novel from me is still a VERY long way off. I can however share some of my ideas with everyone to laugh at.
12/20/2013 05:47:34 am
I'd like an urban fantasy with some kind of were-creature protagonist. You'd be amazed how hard it is to find a decent urban fantasy that is actually aimed at men instead of having a ridiculous male model on the cover.
12/23/2013 12:20:06 am
I basically just re-read the Dresden Files whenever I want an urban fantasy fix.
12/23/2013 01:57:03 am
What happens when you've already reread Dresden Files 3+ times, one of them recently? Looking forward to Skin Game, but i'd like a little variety. I could count on one hand the number of series/stand-alone urban fantasy that I actually enjoy.
12/23/2013 08:11:52 am
I've read the Dresden Files six or seven times, and it never gets old.
12/25/2013 12:12:31 am
Well, you can try the Demon Accords series by John Conroe. I think its a noteworthy exception of this plague - sparkling vampires and such - in the urban fantasy genre.
12/25/2013 10:15:31 am
I've read Demon Accords as well. I count it an exception to the rule also, although I wasn't a huge fan of the last one. Hopefully Forced Ascent and his upcoming side-story turn it back around.
12/28/2013 04:06:44 pm
Also try Richard Kadrey, then.
1/9/2014 01:16:42 am
Sorry it took me so long to respond, Ricardo: these holidays were crazy for me.
12/28/2013 04:05:36 pm
Have you tried one of the true founders of Urban Fantasy, Tim Powers? Try "Last Call",
1/1/2014 01:03:54 am
The Alex Verus series has a similar feel to Dresden files (it even references it on the first page) if you want more urban fantasy beyond girl in leather killing things
1/9/2014 01:17:14 am
I've never heard of Alex Verus, actually. This looks like a job for Google!
2/24/2019 08:25:29 am
Alex Verus is great. It's like Harry Dresden, but the main character is a diviner. Be can see a bit into tbe future. The power is played with very well imo.
12/20/2013 08:12:10 am
12/23/2013 12:21:49 am
I have read it. I'm a big fan of Asimov.
Not the only sentient penguin?
12/20/2013 11:25:49 am
Will, is this you? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upqhpIAzDXk
12/23/2013 08:17:18 am
There was only one appropriate response I could think of to this question.
12/21/2013 10:42:36 am
Love how your stories get to the point and don't wander. Too many of the epics (Jordan, Erikson, etc.) tend to do that eventually. That being said, it is nice to have 5-6 books in a series to chew on. Also love how Simon had to work towards his abilities and not just been born or destined to it.
12/23/2013 08:19:26 am
Thanks, Sven! I'd also enjoy a series with science so advanced it's almost magic, or magic so advanced that it's almost like futuristic science.
12/21/2013 02:26:01 pm
Here's a short and not very detailed idea: write a story from the point of view of the villain. Through the book, the character can develop to begin to look like a good guy, then quickly ruin it at the end.
12/23/2013 08:24:07 am
That's a good idea, but I feel like it would be terrifyingly difficult to execute. The longer you spend with a character, the more sympathy you develop for them, and the more you like them. Readers would most likely either feel betrayed when the character is revealed as a villain, or else choose not to believe it.
12/24/2013 03:34:42 am
I think a trick to doing this kind of story would be to have a hero who, rather than always fighting the villain, tries to make them a better person, but ultimately fails. It would be somewhat like the old tale of the scorpion and the frog.
12/21/2013 08:46:42 pm
I would like to see a good cyberpunk/future realty book that isn't the same rehash of a William Gibson book. I like stand alone books as well as series.
12/23/2013 08:25:08 am
I'm not sure this is exactly up my alley; William Gibson was never my cup of tea. But I agree with you that I'd like to see some more cyberpunk books that break the same old well-established mold.
12/22/2013 10:02:43 am
I would love to read the story of the creation/founding of the house of blades. The use of territories is one of the more creative things I have seen in fantasy in a long time.
12/23/2013 08:26:11 am
Thanks, Paul! I'm definitely going to do that at some point, just not immediately after City of Light. I need a break from this world before I return.
12/22/2013 10:54:40 am
I want to see a fantasy novel along the lines of Louis Lamour's The Sackett Brand. I love the idea of "you mess with one of us, you mess with all of us" Just lots of separate people causing mayhem as they go to help a family member.
12/23/2013 08:18:14 am
With a set of characters that are interesting and compelling enough, that could definitely work. And I think it might be fun to write, too.
12/22/2013 01:17:13 pm
I'm posting again now that I've actually thought about the question. I would read any of the ideas you have mentioned so far. What I would like to see in whatever you write next is more development in character and themes. Travelers Gate was totally appropriate for a coming of age type story. I would like to see something for an adult book with more mature themes.
12/22/2013 01:20:38 pm
Clarification: when I say mature/adult I do NOT mean trashy, I mean more depth and/or complexity.
12/23/2013 12:19:09 am
Message received loud and clear. Next novel: BDSM erotica based on Twilight fanfiction.
12/22/2013 06:09:17 pm
What kind of book would I like to see from you? Well, i enjoyed your writing style immensely in the Traveler's Gate, it was mostly light hearted, despite some scenes and attitudes of various characters. but maybe you would be interested in writing something with a more serious atmosphere? Using a serious atmosphere would probably be more helpful if you wanted to write an epic series... Just my thoughts, take it as you will:) Maybe you can also somehow incorporate phoenixes into your next series? I find myself to have an almost childlike obsession with them, and they are so rarely used...
12/23/2013 08:16:31 am
There's no way I could write for very long in the fantasy genre without including phoenixes. They're too awesome.
12/22/2013 07:45:23 pm
I vote for Steampunk.
12/22/2013 07:47:52 pm
Oh, and not necessarily"YA romance", just steampunk...
12/23/2013 08:14:18 am
I love the idea of steampunk, and I suspect that I'll eventually include some kind of steampunk aesthetic in a book at some point. I'll just need to come up with the right idea.
12/23/2013 02:53:46 am
How about secret society of wizards who meet and fight in underground fight clubs at night and go to work in the daytime. Then one day they start getting killed one by one......
12/23/2013 08:12:41 am
I'll do it, but only on the condition that Brad Pitt ends up being a figment of Ed Norton's imagination all along.
12/23/2013 12:58:29 pm
I would like to see a book with words in it. Maybe a few ideas. A little adventure perhaps. It shoooooould have at least one character, and that character should probably go outside at least once. Unless, of course, that character is agoraphobic.
12/25/2013 09:52:39 am
I throw my vote for a steampunk book. I'm not all that into the romance but hey it's your book. I also enjoy the darker books of some sort. Just ideas like everyone else I guess. I'll defiantly miss the traveler's gates though. I really enjoyed them. Thanks.
12/25/2013 10:28:22 am
Thanks, Jack! Steampunk would be a lot of fun, and I'll probably get there at some point. I don't have much planned out, though, so it probably won't be my next series. Maybe the one after that. Or maybe a standalone novel in the middle, I don't know.
12/25/2013 10:23:49 pm
Hey Mr. Wight, Merry Christmass!
1/9/2014 01:21:18 am
A belated Merry Christmas to you too, Liam, and Happy New Year!
12/19/2016 08:57:10 am
Firdt mention of Elder Empire. Wooioooot
12/26/2013 04:41:20 am
Why stop this world or character with just one triligy. Just make a new Triligy with diffrent problems
12/26/2013 05:16:16 am
Oh yeah... and Curse those evil Octopi!
1/9/2014 01:23:01 am
I won't, Eric. I'm coming back to this world at some point in the future. I'll write a Valinhall origin story, as well as another story (most likely another trilogy with a new conflict and mostly new characters).
1/30/2014 12:13:43 pm
*I won't STOP, Eric.
12/28/2013 04:15:31 pm
For myself, I think there's plenty of steampunk to go around already, though the periods at either end of the Victorian period remain fertile ground.
1/9/2014 01:12:40 am
I read Mansfield Park, and while Jane Austen is a certified genius, I never liked that book. Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite books of all time, but Mansfield Park...eh.
12/30/2013 03:14:50 pm
I've really enjoyed reading previous comments as well as your commentary on them so I thought I'd give my two cents. I would really enjoy a book about someone destined to be a villain. The character wouldn't want to be a villain, but the good guys would push him/her into it by virtue of their belief that he/she would become evil. Or something along those lines.
1/9/2014 01:04:23 am
Sorry it took me so long to respond, Emily: I've been out of town for the holidays, followed by crunch time on Gardens of Mist, followed by crunch time on City of Light.
1/9/2014 02:34:54 am
Don't worry about response time, thanks for responding at all. After reading this I can't decide which I'm more excited for--more Valin or a "villain" protagonist. Love all of your work
1/9/2014 04:53:58 am
It's all out there in the miraculous, unexplored world of the future!
1/2/2014 12:16:28 am
After reading Garden of Mist I think a series on Valin would be very interesting. He is crazy not to serious and just sounds Fun!
1/9/2014 12:57:54 am
Thanks, Brad! I, too, think that Valin sounds like a fun character to write. Even as an Incarnation, when he's completely insane, you can still see pieces of the man he used to be.
1/9/2014 12:56:55 am
I actually just answered this on another thread, but I'll tell you what I told him:
1/13/2014 09:49:10 pm
Why not a different take on magic? What if magic were like a disease? Some kind of wasting sickness. Something that will kill you slowly if you use it but harmless if you don't. I can see that creating interesting conflicts. You have the ability to solve virtually any problem but it will come at the cost of your health.
1/15/2014 08:58:18 am
Thanks, John! I'll do my best to keep putting out books you'll enjoy!
1/19/2014 07:45:30 am
Just got House of Blades last week, now I'm halfway through Crimson Vault - awesome reads so far, thanks so much for writing them!
1/20/2014 09:24:57 am
Glad you enjoyed the books, Jamison!
1/20/2014 12:07:50 pm
Disclaimer - I have not finished book two. That being said, I am *totally* bummed that Valin, Lysander and Naraka die. Since they're my favorites and all... oh well, they had a good run.
1/22/2014 05:56:09 am
Sorry, I had to: http://xkcd.com/928/
1/24/2014 03:15:45 am
No need to apologize; any reference to XKCD is welcome here.
1/30/2014 06:59:16 am
Okay, so I really loved the Traveler's Gate Trilogy, and you're right up there with Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss, and Jim Butcher in my opinion.
1/30/2014 12:10:21 pm
Your words are as a flattering balm to my soul, Rohanist.
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