James J. Stubbs
I did start writing "Raven Blade" - the novel I said would follow last years "Kraken Orbital". I did in fact make a decent start. But something about it just wasn't right. I don't know what. It wasn't the characters or the setting, or even the themes and so on that I was planning on juggling. Maybe it was faith in myself. If I ever write a perfect book, as in a book that most perfectly illuminates the style that I will forever aim for, it will be a classic Gothic tale. I thought "Raven Blade" could be that book but I was wrong. I just lost it. Some of the characters that I was planning to use have filtered into other projects and some of the themes are still spinning around there in the background but I'm just not in that place where I think I can make a start writing it.
So I started writing nonetheless. I swore I would never do a sequel. I thought the books that I wrote would just be self-contained and stand alone. I want to challenge myself by using different themes and different groups of people in every book. But when "Raven Blade" just wouldn't come together, I drifted back to the first genre I dabbled in. Zombies. I couldn't help myself. I couldn't help but to think about where Logan, Lizzie and Jack might go next and that led to whole possible story arcs and situations. It led to some dark places that I could take those characters so I just couldn't stop myself from writing Zombie-dem.
One of the biggest drives for me in writing "Reggie" in the first place was the fact I find it so annoying that zombie literature never ends. Never is there a full blown solution to the zombie problem. I think that is supposed to be part of its appeal, but I just don't get it. I need it to end. If it ends with the death and destruction of the entire human race then so be it. I just need it to end. Stop banking on the sequel, stop raking in the cash by dragging it to the end of anything it's worth. That was what "Reggie" was supposed to be, an ending, but looking back, it didn't end on a finite note when perhaps it should have. So I needed to write "Zombie-dem" - yes I realize the irony before anyone points it out - because I needed more time to end it. And I still haven't...
I was just having too much fun with the characters, too much joy in the locations I could put them in, too much heart-ache when I decided which of them live and which of them die. So now I need a trilogy. Which I will one day get around to finishing. So Zombie-dem is not so much a self-contained story arc as it is a link between three. The Empire Strikes Back to "Reggie" if you like.
I'm still playing with ideas for that Gothic tale, but it won't be "Raven-Blade". To be fully honest I am working on a book by that name, but it has somehow evolved into an epic set in the final days of WWII. Not too sure how... So I think that will be next. I might write a short story or two if time permits - though no one seemed to fully understand that my last one "The First Zombie" was an out and out parody of a previous job of mine. It was never a zombie book. Honestly, if any one got it, please get in touch! But nothing has yet come to mind on that front. Who knows.
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