Last year Julie Czerneda visited A Fantastical Librarian for an Author Query to celebrate the publication of This Gulf of Time and Stars. I can’t believe enough time has passed for the next instalment of the series to be published. But The Gate to Futures Past is here and Julie is back with a great post on what it means when you ask a writer “What’s next?” Additionally, DAW is letting me hold a giveaway for 2 sets of the two books, and they are holding a tour-wide giveaway for the entire 8-book series which you can enter through the Rafflecopter widget at the end of the post.
What’s Next, Czerneda?
It’s been a while, okay, decades, since this question gave me pause. Oh, I’ve “next” aplenty to do, as my editor, Sheila E. Gilbert, will attest. My HUGO-WINNING editor. (That’s not going to get old any time soon, believe me. We’re all so very proud.) I’ve fantasy novels. More science fiction. Short stories. And, yes, secret stuff. (Shiny!) If only I could churn out two or even three titles at once…but that’s silly talk, at least for me. To finish a story, I must give my total focus to that story. Feel free to ask my family. They’ve stories of their own about my ability to tune out the rest of the planet.
Which means I have to pick–one.
I could answer “what’s next” by saying I’ll finish what already has my undivided attention. For those about to dive into The Gate to Futures Past, rest assured I won’t leave you or the characters hanging. Tanya Huff made me promise, after all, and she’s both a dear person and terrifying. (And another edited by Sheila, who won the You Know. Heh heh!) The release date for Reunification #3, To Guard Against The Past, is October 2017. Twenty years exactly after the first book about Sira and Morgan, my first novel, arrived in stores.
Wow. There’s been a significant number of “what next?” since!
Before Guard takes over my life, I’ll have finished editing the 2017 Nebula Awards Showcase for SFWA, out in May 2017. It’s been a privilege to work with these authors. After Guard? As a contributor to Ed Greenwood’s amazing Stormtalons universe, I’ll add a new story set in my magical island realm of Circle Cove* to the mix. Blood in the Water. Gives me goosebumps!
While I’m not taking on any more new projects this fall, I do have a fun wee one on the burner too. If we’re funded**, I’ll sneak aside to write a ridiculously fun short story in tribute to one of my favourite comic books, “Magnus Robot Fighter.” Because—ROBOTS!
All this may have answered your version of “what’s next.” Not so much my own. I tweet with the hashtag #writersgetit whenever I know the writers in the virtual room will nod when I say something about the craft and/or biz. Prepare to nod, folks, because any stuff already underway? Isn’t what writers think of when it comes to “what’s next.” Nope. Not in the least. We think of what we haven’t done yet, or haven’t sold yet, or wish we were doing now instead, etcetera. Job security, that future to-be-written book, as well as enticing. We’re dreamers, all, and no dream is as alluring as the one just beyond reach.
Which is the source of my pause, when asked. I’ve a delightful dilemma with respect to “what’s next.” Esen fans, including me, have been waiting a long time for more of the dear little blob. Readers who’ve discovered me through Night’s Edge ask, urgently, for more Wisp, more Jenn, and, of course, more house toads, those opinionated creatures. I’ve a standalone fantasy novel I’m itching to write—and that secret project and—
Trust me, ideas are NEVER the problem. Sorting out which to tackle next, is.
I do have an inkling. I think. I’ll be consulting with that Hugo-winning editor of mine, but if the choice feels right to me, odds are that’ll be where I go. (I also tweet under #lovemylife most sincerely.) I’m not trying to be secretive on this, believe me, but there’s no point sending up balloons for some of you and making others sigh until I’m certain.
That will happen soon because “what’s next?” sets more in motion than my hindbrain, chortling over something new. There’s marketing, art, scheduling, and so forth to be settled at least a year ahead. Plus I’m adverse to dithering. As I close in on the final chapters of Guard, part of my brain goes dashing off to prep for, yes, “what’s next.”
Oh, You Meant What’s Next in the Clan Chronicles?
Can’t tell you.
Or I’d spoil things. Still, I owe you better than that, dear readers. You’ve come along with me for the now-eight books of the Clan Chronicles, met and loved Aryl, kept Sira and Morgan close, laughed at Huido, and all along wondered what I was up to…only to see the start of the end in Gulf.
Gate will hit hard, I won’t deny it. It did me.
Just remember it is me. I’ve never left you with an ending that didn’t feel right and I promise I won’t this of all times. Read The Gate to Futures Past as part of a larger story, one that isn’t over. Not yet.
Not until To Guard Against the Dark.
A short excerpt from To Guard Against the Dark
The thing about space travel? It’s noisy, but you get used to it. The comforting din of rumble, whoosh, and whine lulls you to sleep. Then there’s the various pops, clanks, and dire hissing that has on your feet before you’re awake, scrambling to the engine room. Or to the nearest spacesuit, vacuum being what it is, or rather isn’t.
Those were new.
*Circle Cove and the Quiet God will be familiar to readers of my short stories: “‘Ware the Sleeper” and “What Sleeps in the Shallows Belongs to the Deep.”
**Quick commercial break: My friend, and also one of Sheila-who-won’s authors, is hosting the kickstarter for a fabulous new trio of anthologies, including All Hail Our Robot Conquerors which will feature my story. You can help me create the robot foe in it! (Not to mention just look at the author line-up. Wow.!)
Bio: Since 1997, Canadian author/former biologist Julie E. Czerneda has shared her boundless curiosity about living things through her science fiction, published by DAW Books, NY. Recently, she began her first fantasy series: Night’s Edge with A Turn of Light, winner of the 2014 Aurora Award for Best English Novel. A Play of Shadow followed, winning the 2015 Aurora. While there’ll be more fantasy, Julie’s back in science fiction to complete her Clan Chronicles series. Reunification #1: This Gulf of Time and Stars, came out in 2015. #2: The Gate to Futures Past will be released this September. Volume #3: To Guard Against the Dark, follows October 2017. An award-winning editor as well, Julie’s latest project is editing the 2017 Nebula Awards Showcase, a singular honour. Meet Julie at Acadia’s Dark Sky Festival, Bar Harbor, Maine this September and at Hal-Con, Halifax, this November. For more, please visit www.czerneda.com.
About the Series:
The Clan Chronicles is set in a far future where a mutual Trade Pact encourages peaceful commerce among a multitude of alien and Human worlds. The alien Clan, humanoid in appearance, have been living in secrecy and wealth on Human worlds, relying on their innate ability to move through the M’hir and bypass normal space. The Clan bred to increase that power, only to learn its terrible price: females who can’t help but kill prospective mates. Sira di Sarc is the first female of her kind facing that reality. With the help of a Human starship captain, Jason Morgan, himself a talented telepath, Sira must find a morally acceptable solution before it’s too late. But with the Clan exposed, her time is running out. The Stratification trilogy follows Sira’s ancestor, Aryl Sarc, and shows how their power first came to be as well as how the Clan came to live in the Trade Pact. The Trade Pact trilogy is the story of Sira and Morgan, and the trouble facing the Clan. Reunification will conclude the series and answer, at last, #whoaretheclan.
And what will be the fate of all.
DAW is letting me give away 2 sets of 2 books: 1 mass market of A Gulf of Time and Stars and 1 hardcover of The Gate to Futures Past. It is US/Canada/EU only. You can enter by commenting below and leaving me a way to reach you. This giveaway will be open until September 10 23:59 CET.
And DAW is giving away a set of all 8 books in the clan series, which you can enter through the Rafflecopter below. This one is US/Canada only.