Shadow of the Lantern Bearer has been out a few months now, and I’ve been blown away by the response. This book was a bit of an experiment for me, a real passion project. It has been incredibly gratifying to see people reading and enjoying the first steps of Kole’s journey. Thank you to everyone who took a chance on the book, and thanks especially to those amazing people who left a review. You have no idea how important those reviews were for getting the book off the ground.
Of course, the Golden Remnant Saga has only just begun. I envisage the series will span about 3 or 4 books, though I’m leaving myself some wiggle room there. It will always remain Kole’s story, however–this isn’t going to be one of those series with an ever-expanding list of point-of-view characters until you go an entire book without getting a chapter from the main protagonist!
I’m aiming to get book 2 out next year. I’d like to give you a firmer release date than that, but everything is a little up in the air at the moment. As I’m sure you’re aware, 2020 has been what scientists have officially deemed “a real shitshow.” The pandemic and subsequent lockdowns have played havoc with my writing. I’m basically a stay-at-home dad when my daughter can’t go to daycare, so like many of you I’ve been trying to juggle keeping a small child happy and learning and entertained while also trying to get some work done.
And also, to be totally honest, my mental health has taken a pretty big hit during this whole mess. I’ve struggled with anxiety and depression on and off throughout my life. Usually I’m able to manage it fairly well, but these aren’t ordinary times. Though I am receiving good support and treatment for my mental health, writing is still more difficult than usual for me right now, even when I am able to carve out some time.
But don’t worry, I’m still alive and still writing. Between the Golden Remnant Saga and my Lost Falls urban fantasy series, I’ve got my work cut out for me! Thank you for sticking with me. And I hope you’re all safe and well wherever you are.