Finally, the day has arrived. My new novel Codename Salamander has been published. It’s been a long wait and much work but worth it. I love the cover. This is the first book in a new series ‘Operation Stargate’, which is part of a much larger series: #The Spider Wars. It all began with Outpost Epsilon. When I wrote that book, I had no idea it would expand into a series.
Creating a fictional universe is a slow process. For me anyway. It begins with the first paragraph of a new novel and grows and swells and becomes more real as the story develops. In the course of writing I create more characters, different alien races, backgrounds of the characters and of the places like planets and planetary systems. I need to create and develop different nations and societies with their unique laws and customs.
Every character in the story has his/her own background and story to tell. Most of it usually stays untold unless it is important to the main story, but it has to be created. Every time a new character appears, I create a short background which fleshes out as the story moves along. I will write down things like age, physical attributes, education, job, parents, siblings and stuff like that. I may use none of this information, but it is there if I need it.
Once the story is finished, I have a whole world populated with a host of characters, aliens, and different societies. It took work to do this and it would be a shame if I didn’t use this universe I created for more adventures. That’s how a series is born. The next book will be much easier to write, because I already have so much information at my fingertips. The file of this information gets larger with every book I write in that new series.
Will there be a second book in Operation Stargate? I don’t know. It is a good possibility. I could also write another book in the other subseries of The Spider Wars: Lizard World. It consists of 3 books and there is plenty of opportunity to write more books in that series. One advantage with writing any of those future books: They all happen in the Universe I created with Outpost Epsilon.
Now here is an opportunity for you to get familiar with that universe and it won’t cost you a dime. Just send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you an electronic copy in any format you chose of either Outpost Epsilon or the first book in the Lizard World series: Epsilon.
I hope to hear from you. You won’t regret it.
Oh, I almost forgot.
Codename Salamander is available from my publisher Melange Books. Just click on the link and it will take you there.