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I have just finished speaking with Khristine Hvam Kies, who is the narrator for the Cast novels in audio book. Or at least the narrator for the first one. So: people who were wondering who the narrator is, it’s her :). We had a long discussion about pronunciation of names, and the tonal quality of the various characters and their speech, so I’m looking forward to the results.

Memory of Stone has been proofed and the entire set of six stories and introductions should be typeset within the next ten days. At which point, I will finally have a page count total, and after that, a cover for a print-on-demand version (page count equalling spine width, without which a cover can’t be finalized), which has been on hold forever while I work on the text. I will probably format and release the ebook over the weekend, because I have spent so much time on the phone today I have seriously shorted the writing time, and the writing still isn’t finished.

Phone, you say?

My editor at DAW. Some time ago, I mentioned that I had written a YA; I’ve even read the prologue and the first chapter in public in a couple of places. It’s a contemporary fantasy (my first at novel length), and I sold it to DAW sometime at the end of last year. People have been asking me when it will be published, and I’ve been telling them that the book isn’t going to be scheduled until the second book is finished (and, as I jettisoned the first 50k words of the first attempt, the second book is not yet finished).

However…plans, they always change.

Silence, the first book in a trilogy I am currently calling “The Dead”, although that’s probably going to change as well, is now scheduled for a May 2012 release, from DAW. So, Skirmish is coming out in January of 2012, Silence in May of 2012, and Cast in Peril sometime between August and October of 2012. Skirmish is finished. Silence is finished. Peril is not quite finished yet, but is in progress as I type.

27 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. cynthia emery
    Aug 04, 2011 @ 23:19:22

    I am so grateful for chapter 1 of the next Cast book! it will ALMOST keep me going until the book comes out, but I am almost more excited about the Cast audiobooks! I will have to hide my ipod from my 3-year-old grandson so I can listen in (relative) peace and quiet. thanks for being not only a terrific writer but one who communicates so much with those of us who read your books (and reread and reread…). cindy


  2. lyssabits
    Aug 05, 2011 @ 01:03:35

    Three books in one year? Please, please don’t drive yourself crazy. Or you know, any crazier.


  3. Michelle Sagara
    Aug 05, 2011 @ 01:08:33


    Ahem. Since two of the books are finished and one of them is 3/4s done (or it better be >.<), the writing won’t drive me crazy. The page proofs and copy-edits will, of course, make me pull all my hair out, but that’s about usual in these parts.

    As long as there is no unforeseen catastrophes, I’m about a third of the way through War. I break a writing day into two parts, and work on War and at the moment, Peril. When I finish Peril, I’ll start work on the 2nd of the dead trilogy, that being Touch. Or rather, I’ll start work on it again. I admit that I’m not looking for more work for the next year, though.


  4. Joey
    Aug 05, 2011 @ 01:40:14

    I enjoyed your reading of your YA at … was it Denvention? Does the above mean the section you read is gone?


  5. Michelle Sagara
    Aug 05, 2011 @ 01:50:42

    I think it was at Confluence, and no, the section I read is pretty much exactly the same :). Some of the things in subsequent chapters are gone, and some things have been changed, but – the opening is the same.


  6. Michelle Sagara
    Aug 05, 2011 @ 01:51:38

    Ummm, it occurs to me that I’m wrong and you’re right. I plead writer-brain — I have only just finished the last of the words for the day, and I’m now trying to answer email – but, maybe I’ll leave that until tomorrow because god knows what the sleepy mind will *actually* type….


    • Michael
      Aug 05, 2011 @ 11:27:52

      I, for one, am always entertained by what your sleepy mind writes.
      Also, I am so stoked about your news. I love that waiting for your novels just got a *little* easier.
      Question: Under which name will the new trilogy be published?


  7. RK Charron
    Aug 05, 2011 @ 07:12:47

    3 new books!
    A contemporary Fantasy!
    (Does Mr. Burns immitation: “Excellent!”)


  8. Genna Warner
    Aug 05, 2011 @ 10:30:49

    Fantastic. I have been wondering when Silence was going to be released. Most excellent news.


  9. Hilda
    Aug 05, 2011 @ 13:10:06

    I said it before and wil say it again, I wish I have the magical closet or room where you do your writing. Yes, the one where you get a 48 hour day. Add to that the talent that allows you to write 3 or 4 different stories during the same period of time. We, your readers, are delighted you can do that. So much new to read!Question: books in your major novels series seem to be a year apart for publication. Is that purposely done or is it just the result of the publishing process?.


  10. Estara
    Aug 05, 2011 @ 15:10:32

    More = excellent, as long as you feel fine about it. You’re an auto-buy author for me ^^. I haven’t been disappointed yet (challenged, yes, but not disappointed).


  11. Roger
    Aug 05, 2011 @ 20:38:55

    Is the HOUSE WAR sequence going to be five books? Skirmish is the fourth and House War being the fifth? Thanks


  12. Michelle Sagara
    Aug 06, 2011 @ 00:00:16

    @ Michael: Silence is a Michelle Sagara novel.

    @ Hilda: It’s a result of the publishing process, in part, and a result of the writing time. The West novels are longer, and often take longer to write, but in theory if nothing goes wrong, I can manage to write one West novel a year. I write one Cast novel a year. The publication schedule roughly follows the writing schedule, with time built in for the various stages of editing, copy-editing, page-proofing, etc.

    @ Roger: The plan at the moment is for five books. Skirmish is the fourth, and it will be out in January of 2012. War is currently in progress.


  13. Kat
    Aug 11, 2011 @ 17:00:06

    All of this makes me more excited than I can reasonably express. Thank you for being such a great author and communicator. :)


  14. Hilda
    Aug 11, 2011 @ 19:52:01

    I’m now completely immerse in the Sun Sword series. The series has an incredible number of very interesting characters (some of them magical), and I keep going back and forth to clarify many issues and misteries. Still, they don’t seem to have an end in these books. As far as I can tell, their Book 6 was published in 2004.
    In here you are listing your future books. You are already working in #6 of the House War series, which, I think, you expected to be the last. I really would like to know what will happen to: Isladar, Telakar, Elena, the Cities of Man, Yollana, Adan, Meralonne, the Winter Queen, Anduvin, Teresa, Auralis, Kallandras, Celleriant, etc., etc. What are or were the Allasani? I know we will read a lot more about the characters that surround Jewel very closely, like Avandar, but I’m not sure about the rest of them. Without you giving away your book, can you tell if we will read more of these characters, or would there be a final seventh book to the Sun Sword series? If this is a “no,no question, I’ll understand. I’m late to your website and late to your series.This may have been discussed before. Love your books. Thank you.


  15. Michelle Sagara
    Aug 11, 2011 @ 22:51:31

    @Kat: The funny thing is that I’m not generally considered one of the authors who is enormously communicative on-line – so thank you very much :).

    @Hilda: Now that you’ve finished The Sun Sword (and it definitely sounds like you have), Skirmish will answer some of those questions. Skirmish starts pretty much the day Jewel arrives at the Terafin manse after her struggles in the Dominion. The characters who left the Dominion with her also arrive with her.

    The Allasiani were the immortal servants of Allasakar when the gods walked the world, and most – if not all – are kialli, or demons, now.

    The last two volumes of the House War series follow the Jewel/Terafin thread of the Sun Sword to its conclusion. After the House War, there’s one final arc in the world, which I refer to as The End of Days arc – and it’s in that that the various other characters who are returning will return: Kallandras, Kiriel, Telakar & Elena, Auralis, Anya – and absolutely, Isladar.


  16. hjbau
    Aug 12, 2011 @ 15:37:47

    So does that mean there won’t be any Jewel in the End of Days? That might be too spoilery of a question.


  17. Auraya
    Aug 13, 2011 @ 13:16:07

    @ hjbau Can’t be. After all, the oracle told Jewel that Kiriel would know when Jewel had to take the Oracle’s path. (To gain her soul crystal) I doubt that’s going to happen in Skirmish/House War.


  18. Aaron
    Aug 13, 2011 @ 18:44:53

    So, no “Black Gauntlet” prior to “End of Days”? Or, are they now combined?


  19. hjbau
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 13:58:10

    I don’t remember what you are talking about the Oracle and Jewel and Kiriel, but i will take your word for it. I just remember Michelle saying that there would be no Valedan or Diora in the End of Days which surprised me, so now i wonder if there will be Jewel in it or of her story will end with the last House War book.

    Like i said, probably way too spoilerish of a question to get an answer. Though in the Essealieyan series Jewel has been in all three series, the Hunter books, the Sun Sword series, and the House War series, so i would see it as a possibility that she would continue on in whatever comes after though in a different role. There are the characters that seem to be part of the greater arc of the series and then those that just exist more within certain books.


    • Michelle Sagara
      Aug 15, 2011 @ 18:17:50

      @hjbau: I think it is a little too spoilerish at this point. I personally (obviously) don’t mind spoilers about my own books (because I know the end), but I know readers don’t like them, some to the point of rage. That said, Jewel’s disposition is the reason I’m writing these books – she can go one of three ways, and at this point, they would all work, story-wise, but will have different consequences for the future of the final books.


  20. hjbau
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 23:15:30

    Thanks for the response Michelle. I am sorry for getting annoyed with the comments about the Hunter society. I was just more annoyed with another author then with your comment which did in the end leave open other possibilities then how you thought of it. I do always enjoy reading your comments.

    I could definitely see how the answer to my question would be too spoilerish because we have not yet seen enough of where Jewel will go in Terafin as well as after that. Jewel’s disposition is the reason you are writing these books. Interesting.


  21. Michelle Sagara
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 23:26:55

    @hjbau: the comment about spoiler rage was in no way a reference to the list response. I’m aware that there are some discussions about books that should be left to readers, because I read a lot as well, and book discussions at the store can be quite heated. I try to avoid stepping into those, but obviously, I’m not always successful.

    Spoilers are an entirely different kettle of fish; it’s not so much about me stepping in and squashing discussion as ruining the reading experience for the first-time readers who hate spoilers.

    And yes – I started The Black Gauntlet, got about 150 pages in, and realized that I was either going to have to arbitrarily decide what the outcome of the House War was, or write it. Arbitrarily in this case is a bit harsh (on me); I could see two clear outcomes, but without actually writing the book, either would work. In writing, the alliances and clashes always shift the path the story takes (for me).

    But in only one case was the answer going to have an impact, so I would have had to decide on one, period.


  22. w-b
    Aug 22, 2011 @ 23:20:01

    I know I joked about being frustrated about the spoiler but I loved reading it it just makes me eager for more :) it’s a self torture that well I can’t seem to resist LOL but I love the spoilers. But it makes me think and wonder and want more so it’s a good thing :) As for communication you are amazing at letting us the readers know what is going on and I am entirely grateful because while you say you are not one of the most comminicative writer as far as I can tell you are one that comminicates the most about the things that will happen as far as dates and such. I love the updates and have your blog tagged so I can read it regularly even if I don’t comment all that often, It is late and I am tired so If this is not as much in the making sense department as I would like I am sorry. I just wanted you to know in the end that we appreciate all of the effort you put in in keep us, your fans, informed and updated. usually I find out the hard way :) as in months after the fact now I can keep updated as in months before the fact I love it!! Your stories are one of my top re reads and it is such that I can alway find somehting new that i missed the first, second or even third time around. In fact I found somthing recently that I had missed in all of my re reads before. What all of this wordy comment boils down to is you are a gifted writer and you take the time to respond to fans it means the world to us. Which explains your dedicated follwers. thank you.


  23. hjbau
    Aug 30, 2011 @ 20:40:03

    Oh no. I didn’t think that your comment was a reference to the list. I don’t think that people think like that. Your talk of spoiler just made me think of the other thing and i wanted to apologize for that because i feel like there was a misunderstanding on the list that for me has to do with what i consider canon and what i do not and not really any annoyance at all at the actual comment.

    I wouldn’t have mind your comment in the least if it would have been considered one thought on the matter. It was more the idea that because you commented we could then stop discussing the issue that bothered me. I think at times people consider everything an author says about her work as canon within the universe. And regardless of what issue is being discussed about the book i just like to keep the discussion open.

    Personally i don’t mind reading your thoughts on things about the books. I actually think you do a great job of being on the line between spoiler and not spoiler. I just thought in this case the comment was presented by whomever posted it as a conversation ending response which is why i did not read it at first.

    Though after reading the comment it was in the end not a conversation ending response. I think you diplomatically left the conversation open by writing the response in that you always considered their relationship that way. I actually agree with you that i always sort of thought that there was a suggestion that that was the relationship between the three. I hope that made sense though i am not sure that it did.

    About spoilers. I just avoid them, but even if i were to come across a spoiler i wouldn’t be too bothered by it even though i would rather not know ahead of time if i read something spoilery it happens. Minor spoilers don’t bother me at all because i think generally i can see where i story is leading though you do a great job holding suspense and surprising me. Like i have said before you do a great job writing characters and furthering your plot through the characters. The plot leads where it leads because the characters are real enough, well formed enough, that they do what they would do. It is great.

    So you have started writing Black Gauntlet? I know it makes me happy that there are more West books in the making. I know i am so ready for January or ready for posts containing chapters of Skirmish.

    -Heather aka hjbau


  24. Hilda
    Sep 02, 2011 @ 20:32:28

    Now that these two wonderful series soon be coming to an end, I wonder how would you handle the series of outcomes, suggestions,futuristic hints, or matters you have so cunningly seeded along the way in your books. Series from other authors I have read, as good as they may be, do not have those hints that leave me waiting to see what the author will do with them in a later book.. When you write them, do you keep a list of them and make sure in the last book all those matters will be resolved or clarified?


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