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We're supposed to be getting rain from Hurricane Alex today, and I hope it hits soon. It shouldn't be very serious, at least around here, but we really need the rain.


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galdrin asked: Do you think you will ever write a follow-up to The Death of the Necromancer?

To a certain extent, the Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy was a follow-up to The Death of the Necromancer, since some of the same characters appeared. But if you mean a direct sequel to it, basically, I don't know. :) Maybe someday!


melissajm asked What do you do if, after a vivid start, a story loses momentum and you don't know how to end it?

That's kind of a tough one. When I have a plotting problem, where I'm really stuck, what I usually find is that I need to backtrack a little and figure out where the plot first started to go off the rails. It's like you've taken three wrong turns and ended up in a blind alley. You can't find your way out standing in the blind alley, you have to go back and find your first wrong turn and start over from there. So it may not be the ending that's the problem, it may be the middle that led to this ending that doesn't work. Does that make sense?


Still taking writing questions here, about publishing or writing in general or my writing.

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If you do write a direct sequel someday, I have a request

Please give us more Madeline. I liked her daughter, but I enjoyed her and Nicholas interaction in Necromancer even more. I'm sure those two and their merry men could easily be entangled in another crisis of the kingdom, without personal revenge reasons.

Re: If you do write a direct sequel someday, I have a request

On the outside chance I do a sequel, Madeline would definitely be in it. :)

in case of outside chance becoming reality

In that case, you've sold one more book, heh ^^

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I periodically have to remind myself of it, too. :)

And actually, I found it harder to write a character with sociopathic tendencies. I kept having to stop and think hard about what his reactions would be to various things, since they were different from my instinctive reactions, if that makes sense.

I would love, love, love to see another Île-Rien book someday. The Death of the Necromancer was one of my favourite books ever (though sadly, my copy was lost in a huge dramasplosion after being lent to a friend), and I really enjoyed the trilogy too.

Thanks very much! It was a hard book to write, which is probably one of the reasons I've never thought too hard about a sequel. I think it would be easier now, when I've gotten a lot more experience.

Well, just in case hearing how much the book was loved helps provide motivation, it's about the only novel I can think of where I actually called up random friends while reading it, to share choice bits of dialogue over the phone. Two parts I specifically remember doing that with were the catty exchange at the party ("Is this polite society, then? My god, man, it can't be. You're here.") and the bit about the redundancy of poisoning absinthe, but there may have been others as well. I suspect I probably drove some of my friend crazy, but I know at least some of them ended up reading the book as a result, and enjoying it as much as I did.

Though in the future, I think with my any book I love that much and want to evangelize to friends, I will buy a second copy for lending out, and keep my own safe at home. Or at the very least, refrain from lending it to anyone whose relationship track record is such that they probably have a higher-than-average chance of their next ex trashing their apartment as an act of revenge. :-/

I don't suppose there's any chance of it coming back into print at some point?

Also, out of curiosity, what was difficult about writing it?

I actually called up random friends while reading it, to share choice bits of dialogue over the phone

That's very awesome. :)

don't suppose there's any chance of it coming back into print at some point?

I hope so, but at this point it's still up in the air.

Also, out of curiosity, what was difficult about writing it?

It was the longest book I'd written up to that point (still is, actually), it was the first with a mostly mystery plot, and Nicholas was just a very difficult character to write. Also, I changed publishers and then was laid off from my day job in the middle of writing it, so it was a fairly fraught time in my life.

Yes, that does make sense. Thanks!

Speaking of uncooperative characters, yesterday remus_shepherd linked this video of Steven Brust singing "Railroad Bill" (3.5 min, contains profanity).

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