It's been nearly two years since I published my debut--the apocalyptic, science fiction, thriller--the first in what I have determined will be a seven book series. I'm not sure what you would call that, but let me break it down for you, since I've got it all outlined.
First, of course, you have PaxCorpus. It sets the tone--the mood. It gives you the characters, their basic personalities. Their hopes, dreams and their struggle.
Number two, Escape Velocity, which I am nearly halfway through, builds upward from these roots and develops a thicker layer of self awareness. More personality, more undertones, more connections to things from the past. And what would the sequel to PaxCorpus be without the punch-in-the-face twist of ending?
Book three will be even more of an experiment. One novel divided into two parts. Halfway through the book and the story as it will be at that point in time, the main character (Dante Marcellus), will run smack-dab into a "mental" wall. The tables will turn and from that point forward nothing will ever be the same. This will hold true right up until the (hopefully) heart-wrenching ending.
Book four will be more of an interlude for the entire series. A little back-story involving a certain person who has had mention through the first and second book, so far. This will not be a sequel to book three, but more of a connection to the end of it and a prelude for what comes next.
The fifth will establish new problems, new things the lead character will have to deal with. Big things. Horrible things. And then something you'll never have guessed could happen, happens.
Then we have the sixth, which will be sort of like the rising action toward the absolute end of the series. Characters are struggling. Life itself is in the balance and just as you think everything might just be okay, once and for all, it's not.
This will lead into the seventh and final book in The Pax Series. The end of all struggle. The end of war, pain and insanity. Will this be in a good or bad light?
I already know the answer to that question, because I know the basic story for each of the books I've listed.
And before I bring this update to a close, I just want to say thanks, though. Thanks to the people who have supported me so far, those who push me forward and have stuck by my side. It's been a long two years, both for the development of the series and myself.
Dante and his team look forward to meeting you again in (possibly) 2013.