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State of the Author, May 2018, plus: Reprints and Reddit AMA

Posted in Elantra, Essalieyan.

I have been writing. And revising. I am almost finished Cast in Oblivion in first draft. Almost. I am half-way through the revi­sions neces­sary to make First­born a book – although that’s a best guess, because it’s not as exact a metric.

Doing my taxes did not, demon­strably, kill me. I have not heard back about the Severn books, beyond yes we do want them. So: unless some­thing changes in the future, they will happen. The minute I have certain news, I will share it.

I used to think that “still writing” was … not very much of an update. I felt a bit self-conscious about posting “still writing” news – I assumed that people would assume that I was still writing, and there was there­fore nothing of substance to report to them.

But: some news.

At the end of January, Cast in Shadow and Cast in Court­light were reprinted in trade paper­back, with slightly modi­fied covers (the biggest change was the first book’s cover).

At the end of April — yes, the one just past — the rest of the Cast novels that were not under the Mira banner were also reprinted: Cast in Secret, Cast in Fury, Cast in Silence, Cast in Chaos, Cast in Ruin, Cast in Peril, Cast in Sorrow and Cast in Flame. I’ve updated the book pages to reflect the change, and the links to the stores that still exist (ahem, Michelle) now all go to the currently in-print versions of the books.

Some of them, like Cast in Ruin have been unavail­able in print for a while. So if print is impor­tant to you, they’re avail­able now. I should have been more orga­nized, and should have mentioned this at the time, but: taxes. Weddings. Car mishaps (which have not been fully resolved). Writing. Loss of hair due to hair-pulling at inop­por­tune moments. The usual =/.

Last, but not least: I am going to be doing an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit on June the 7th. People can ask ques­tions throughout the day, once the AMA thread is up, and I will answer them. It’s not a real-time chat.

To ask a ques­tion, I think you need to have a Reddit account. I know that to answer them, I do :).

18 Responses to State of the Author, May 2018, plus: Reprints and Reddit AMA

  1. I love “still writing” posts. :) Thank you for the update. So happy about the reprints too.

  2. David Youngs says:

    I noticed that the local chain store has a large selec­tion of the novels. For some reason they have Cast in Shadow on the end-cap, not the latest novel.
    Court­light is eye-catching as the gaud­iest cover. Still needs expla­na­tion that she is not taking her dress off.

  3. Severn novel s! I didn’t know that there’d be plural! So excited! All the bookish updates in this post, I’m excited for! Squee!

  4. michelle says:

    @David: Which local chain store? (And thank you for letting me know :)).

  5. Yay book and writing infor­ma­tion (I dare not call them news with your caveats added ^^). May your car and other trou­bles resolve them­self swiftly!

  6. David Youngs says:

    Michelle: the Guelph instance of that rather large Cana­dian chain. (Chap­tigo?)

  7. Giusy says:

    Michelle, sorry to bother, but some­times I think of Kailin parents.. her mother story may appear in the Severn’s book, or not.. but what about her father?
    Some­times I imagine him as a nobody in search of an easy company, some­times as someone inimag­in­able in his power and parentage.. what idea do you have of him if you don’n mind sharing?

  8. alpikinz says:

    I am heart­ened to read about progress for war house series. But I am also very concerned with Jewel’s progress. Re-reading the whole series including sun sword arc, it’s very clear that Jewel’s age is on par with serra teresa and margret, and incom­par­ison between these two other women, Jewel has been part of a ruling council for years, yet as the stories progress, I feel Jewel’s person­ality regressed younger.
    I feel that as two of your series running concur­rently, house war series and elantra series, the female protag­o­nist from one starts to behave as young as the other, which doesn’t make sense, consid­ering one series is reaching its final ending in its arc while the other series is still about discov­ering herself. 

    I hope Jewel will find her voice back away from Kaylin.

  9. David Youngs says:

    Ignore my last posts. They shifted every­thing around over the weekend.

  10. Carol Duffy says:

    Severn novels! Hooray!

  11. Peter Moore says:

    Seri­ously looking forward to your AMA on Reddit. And I echo every­body else on the Severn novels. Also, one ques­tion, do you have any plans for the Essalieyan universe after “War”?

  12. Zia says:

    Thanks for the update! For some reason I am no longer getting notices when things post, but I resub­scribed so hope­fully that fixes things. I hope you have been well, and thank you, as always, for contin­uing to work on the series we love. I cannot wait for the new books!

  13. Agustine says:

    Yayyy, go, Severn, go!! =DD

  14. Mary Allen says:

    I just got a notice from Barnes and Noble telling me I could pre-order Cast in Oblivion with picture of cover  — thought you might want to know.

  15. hanneke28 says:

    Are you still doing OK? I’m missing the monthly updates that you’re still alright, busy, working on stuff. One missed update made me hope that perhaps you were having a well-earned vaca­tion, but two is getting a bit worrysome…

  16. David Youngs says:

    Michelle’s monthly updates only come out once a season.

  17. Jo says:

    As Zia said, I too am no longer getting notices when you post…came by to check order list for Cast (trying to fill holes in my Cast list — from Chaos to Sorrow — left when I lent them to someone who Won’t be returning them…) and found I’d missed a few posts. Apart from Chap­tigo (love that mashup from another reader!) being sold out of these online — I did notice on a trip last month that the London store has a fairly good selec­tion of your work, better than the Newmarket one anyway.
    I’ll try to resub­scribe too to see if that fixes things — but thought you might want to know that some­thing in the chain of commu­ni­ca­tion might be awry.
    While I was happy to intro­duce someone else to your so very fine work — is there anything more annoying than lending someone your trea­sured books to have them Vanish along with them? Has damp­ened my sense of generosity quite a bit. sigh.

  18. Mary Allen says:

    i have spare copies of Flame and Fury but live in US so mailing would prob­ably cost what you can get them for at a book store. I lost early Jane Bentley (Jayne Anne Krentz/Jayne Castle) by loaning them and they are out of print so I under­stand how you feel.

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