I love this holiday – the costumes, the decorations, the movies, the falling temperatures… and getting fatter off of candy, of course. And being a dad has made it even more fun. This year my kiddos dressed up as Jack Sparrow, Mario and a Zombie Doctor, while my wife and I transformed into Tinkerbell and Mr. Smee. But this All Hallows’ Eve, there’s something else I get to celebrate…
Offspring of The End has arrived! This book marks the last chapter in my Postmortem Anomalies series, and it’s been quite a journey. I began writing Sons of Sludge in 2012, fresh off the release of my starter novel Float (only true fans will know what that is!). The idea came when I realized that all zombie books and movies were also apocalyptic, featuring a small band of human survivors fighting off the living dead as the world collapsed around them. I thought, “What if it wasn’t? What if zombies were an accepted reality of a functioning society?”
While I’m sure I’m not the first one to think of this, the idea seemed fresh enough to give it a shot, and I started building a world of flesh-cravers regulated by a post-dystopian American government. The undead wasn’t just the surrounding conflict – they themselves endured it.
Three years, three books, and 340,000+ words (And a shitload of blood and bullets) later, here we are. I want to say thank you to everyone who’s taken the ride with Zaul, Genny, and every other member – both living and undead – of New America. Through your imagination, these stories live on.
To start the final course, go here.
It’s been over five years since I started writing Sons of Sludge, and now the conclusion to Postmortem Anomalies is finally in sight. On October 31st (New Independence Day Eve!), the Kindle edition for Offspring of The End will be dressed, chopped, and ready for consumption. However, to all the hungry officers in the Hybrid Army, it’s available for pre-order right now!
Thank you to everyone who’s taken the journey with me, Zaul and Genny. I promise, you will not be disappointed with this heart-thumping conclusion! But here’s what a few early readers have had to say:
“I just finished the ARC (advance review copy) and I am here to tell you this is one AWESOME book!!!”
“I was very happy at the end of the book because it gave some closure… [Offspring of The End] is an amazing story that brings humans and Hybrids together in moments of need.”
Also, what do you think about this amazing new cover?
Sometimes you choose to expand, and other times you’re forced to. With an uptick in newsletter subscriber numbers (have you signed up yet?), I needed a different mailing service, which required a new domain name, which required a new site, and so on…
Anyway, from now on this will be the base of operations for everything going on with my journeys in writing. And what exactly am I up to these days? I’m glad I asked.
I’ve been working with some wonderful fellow authors to build my previously mentioned subscriber list, using giveaways. This approach was rather foreign to me, but I’m glad I took the plunge because the results have been great. Expect more opportunities for free book stuff in the future!
Also, I’m about 75% done with Offspring of the End, the third and final chapter in my Postmortem Anomalies series. It’s been quite a ride, but the train is coming back to the station. Of course that train has smashed and mangled a few bodies – both living and undead – under its wheels along the way. And don’t worry, I won’t pull a Lost on you. All mysteries will be revealed! Tentative release will be sometime this summer, and you don’t want to miss it, so check back here often. Or, sign up for the newsletter (have I mentioned that yet?) and I’ll send the updates straight to your inbox.
While I wrap up this series that has been over 5 years in the making, I must inevitably look forward to the future. Even as I finish up OoTE, my mind is already scheming my next young adult series, which will span beyond the traditional trilogy format to a full-blown epic saga, rich with world building and charismatic characters. I don’t want to give too much away, but I will provide three word clues: Vigilante, Dystopia, and Bible. I am very excited about this one.
That’s it for now, but it won’t be long before I’m back with new details or another chance to win some cool stuff. Thanks for sharing the journey with me!