I am pleased to announce that I’ve completed the first draft of my next novel. Titled No Gods, Only Daimons, it is a science fantasy thriller set in a world reminiscent of our own. In the novel, an atheist government agent encounters the archangel of the faith of the world’s deadliest terrorist group, and must work with an assassin superempowered by another deity to dismantle a terrorist network, and in doing so fire the first shots of a war between divinities for the liberties and future of humanity.
No Gods, Only Daimons is the first book of a projected nine (!) book series, which ideally would be broken up into three trilogies. Unlike my previous works, I do not intend to self-publish this one at this time. The secret to self-publishing success is publicity. That means developing and building a reputation, online and offline. I do not have the level of brand awareness needed for self-published stories alone to take off, and while I’ve read plenty of marketing guides for self-published authors every last one of them assumes that the reader is a Westerner targeting a Western audience — and both of them will have access to Amazon, which I do not. When the initial edits are complete, I’ll be sending in the novel to a publisher; more details on that at a later date. I am hoping for a late 2015/early 2016 release date; I’m hoping that my optimism has at least some basis in reality.
Concurrent to editing the novel, I’m also working up another story. It is a radical departure from literally everything I have done so far. I cannot say anything about it at this time (it’s still being planned), but it draws a great deal of inspiration from The Fountainhead and The Speed of Dark. I also strongly suspect that it will straddle the very uncomfortable line between literary and genre fiction, but the plot and the characters demand as such. I am approaching it as a literary experiment, and I cannot guarantee how it will turn out. All I know for certain is that, like my other works, I feel compelled to bring it to life. And that the title of the story is The Sculptor of Light.