I just finished writing Repercussions, which is book 18 of the series. This book took me well over three times longer to write than the others for several reasons. First, I cover a LOT of ground in this book, both with new discoveries and with checking in on the results of their involvement with various things and people over the past two and a half centuries. Between covering that much ground, and some personal distractions I had going on in my life, it just ended up taking as long as it took.
How many more books will there be in the series? I honestly have no idea. To be honest, I could have ended it with this one since it sort of wraps up the details on a whole variety of different things, but it ends in a cliffhanger that I kinda want to explore. I’ve never been big on ending things with cliffhangers. It leaves the reader, or in the case of television and film, the viewer unsatisfied. I read a book or see a film to be told a story, not to come up with my own, so I don’t really want to end the series leaving a situation unresolved. That said, did I have to end this book the way I did? Actually yeah, I think I did. I’ve had the ending rolling around in my head for a while now, and I think it’s really sort of cool and intense. Is it causing me to have to write a whole other book to explore it? Yeah, but it’s worth it in my opinion. I always said I’d continue the series as long as I still had some story to tell. Well, I still have some story left in me, so there’s at least one more coming. As for any more beyond that, I guess it just depends on how the next one ends. If it leads to something else, great. If not, that’s fine too.
I have another book I want to write that could turn into a series of its own, but I don’t want to write that one until I’m done with the Unseen Things series. I know some authors can write multiple series at the same time, but I’m not a big fan of working that way. You lose touch with the characters and what’s going on with them if you do that, and this series means far too much to me to ever lower the quality by working on other books in between.
All I can say right now is that the next book will probably be the last book of the Unseen Things series, because I do want to move on to other things, and I really think I’ve kind of hit a wall as far as coming up with new stories for them. However, last book doesn’t necessarily mean last book. It may mean the last book until I come up with a new story, but I’ve written this series one book after another with very little down time in between each one. After the next one, I may take a fair amount of down time to work on other stories for a while until something new hits me for this series.
Ok, I’m rambling now, so I’ll stop. As of right now, two things need to happen. First, I need some copious amounts of sleep, because I was awake all night finishing the current book. Second, I need to get Repercussions edited, which is where the copious amounts of sleep come in. Trying to edit a book on very little or no sleep whatever is just begging for a crappy end result. So sleep now, edit later. That’s the winning formula.