We’ve been teasing people with Facebook updates and tweets that we had a major announcement. So, without further delay, let’s get to it.
We’ve mentioned that we have a few new ideas in the works, and that’s definitely true. Dead Meat is not finished, in a sense. We loved the idea we created so much we decided to go beyond, but not in the normal way. This is not necessarily a sequel. There’s no [insert spoiler about certain things for those who haven’t read Dead Meat]. This isn’t necessarily a prequel, either.
There are stories that entice me, and some of those stories build on the situation or the setting, not necessarily the same plotline with the same characters, etc. It’s the world of Dead Meat that entices us, and we want to explore it more.
There will be another book. Right now, we have three stories lined up to complete the text. Each story will be, we think, about the size of your normal novella. We do not expect to create a running storyline that will span numerous books. We’re not making a trilogy just to have a trilogy, and we don’t plan on brutally milking Dead Meat, as that, to us, would take away from the first book.
However, we couldn’t abandon Rickett. We just love that character too damned much to not tell what happens next. Also, we want to delve a little deeper into the world of Dead Meat. We alluded to some sections in the text, such as the pirates and Exterminators, and we do want to touch on that a bit more since we slightly weeded some of the material out while making revisions.
The first novella has yet to be titled, but it starts with Rickett talking about what happened in the first book. I was sipping a glass of bourbon one night and the dialogue just popped into my head. I couldn’t let it go and started scribbling, and I told Chris about it the next day. To avoid any confusion, these stories will be in third person point of view and past tense. If we did it in present tense and first person, it would be too much like Dead Meat, and we want to show we’re not a one trick pony.
We’re not sure if we’ll give Rickett’s story in serial format, like we did with Dead Meat. There’s not a completely stable storyline yet as we’re still kicking ideas around about how it will end. For the other two novellas, those will remain our secrets until later.
In the meantime, we’re strongly urging readers to leave reviews either on Amazon, Barnes and Nobels, Smashwords, etc., or on our reader reviews page. We’ll also be kicking up a blog tour soon, so stay posted for those updates.