The Next Voyage of the Daedalus and Other Random Tidbits

I’ve received¬†excellent feedback from people who have read The Reluctant Captain and I’d like to thank everyone for their kind words. When you’re in the middle of writing something, you have no idea if anyone else other than you will like the story. I received good feedback from people I trust, but even then, I kept saying to myself, “They’re too nice – they don’t want to tell me how horrible it is.” But I’ve since received more and more feedback,¬†I’m beginning to feel like Sally Fields: “You like me! You really like me!” I’ve had feedback from people who I thought might not be interested in it who have found they really liked it. And that is very heartening!

One of the most common questions I’ve received is “When are you going to write the next book?” The good news is that I have started on the yet unnamed sequel to The Reluctant Captain. Actually, I had started the sequel sometime ago and although I loved many of the chapters I wrote, I set it aside and I’m starting over. Part of the problem with the original sequel was that I set it too far away from the events of The Reluctant Captain that I was having problems making it work logically. My aborted attempt would have started seven years after the events of The Reluctant Captain right in the middle of World War I; there was too much of a gap to fill in and keep the story line plausible. Perhaps I’ll be able to use pieces of that down the road; that remains to be seen. Maybe I’ll publish them as a Book Extra – Deleted Scenes once I’ve finished the second book.

The new sequel will take place roughly a year and half to two years after the first book. Malcolm has become more accustomed to his role as Captain. I can’t tell you much more than that as I have barely finished two chapters. But the journey has begun and there will be a sequel, likely not available until sometime in 2016 (unless I get very lucky and find myself with huge periods of writing time!).

If you’ve enjoyed my book, I invite you to share your review on Amazon or Goodreads.com. I’m interested in hearing what you have to say, warts and all!

Happy Journeys,
Mike

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