Is there going to be a sequel to Among Thieves? If so, when can I expect to see it in stores?
Yes, I’m working on a sequel.
It’s currently slated to be released in April of 2012. A third Tales of the Kin novel is scheduled for 2013. It has been delayed. A release date will be forthcoming soon. I posted a more detailed explanation about the delay here.
How long is the series going to be? Is it a trilogy, a quartet, or what?
That’s a good question. Right now, I’m contracted to write three books in the series. If things go well, I may be asked to write more; if not, well, who knows what will come next? Publishing is as much about business as it is about art, and my wanting to write more books in this (or any) world depends as much on projected sales as it does on my wanting to write them.
That said, there is an over-arching story arc that is meant to develop over the course of the series. So, while each book is meant to stand on its own (more or less) in terms of the main plot, there will be things going on in the background that impact the bigger story line. Whether I will need to wrap that up in three or four or more books isn’t something entirely under my control at this point.
The series is called, “Tales of the Kin.” Does this mean that you’ll be writing Kin books from other viewpoints besides Drothe’s?
Let’s just say it wasn’t an accident I named the series the way I did. Right now, this is Drothe’s story; but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for other characters to share in that tale, or tell their own, down the line. Again, a lot is dependent on how the initial books do and whether there is interest in more books set in this world.
How do you pronounce Drothe’s name?
It rhymes with “oath”. (And no, that wasn’t on purpose.)
Did you mean for Drothe’s name to be similar to Patrick Rothfuss’s character, “Kvothe”?
Nope. I started my book long before The Name of the Wind came out. When I picked up Name and saw that the main character was called Kvothe, I considered asking Mr. Rothfuss to change it; but, you know, it was already in print and his sales seemed to be doing okay. Plus, it would have been inconvenient for him to go and change every book in every store by hand like I wanted, so….
Seriously, I knew some people would wonder about this when I first read Name. But by that point, Drothe had been with me for over a decade. Changing Drothe’s name would have been like changing my kid’s name because the star athlete at school had a similar monicker. Drothe was Drothe, and if people wondered, I decided, let them. They’re very different characters and books.
Do you have a master map of Ildrecca/the Dorminikan Empire/your world? Are there plans to put it online at some point?
Nope, and nope. I’m not a map kind of guy, at least in terms of my world. Since I tend to do a lot of world building on the fly, I don’t want to be locked in by what I drew on a bar napkin five years ago (or whatever). Of course, I expect that at some point I may have to sketch some things out just to keep track of it all; but right now, I (like Drothe) am happy to carry it about in my head.
Why didn’t you publish a glossary of thieves’ cant in the back of your book? Do you plan to put one in your next book?
This was another conscious decision in my part, based on two thoughts. First, I wanted to challenge myself to define as much of the cant as possible through context; to have the reader figure out the meaning of an unfamiliar term based on how its used and the actions or events surrounding it. If I have a glossary to fall back on, it makes it too easy for me to throw in a bunch of terms in without actually working to make things clear to the reader. I’d rather limit the number of terms and make them that much more relevant.
Secondly, I’ve always hated having to flip back and forth in a novel to figure out what a passage meant. Ditto end notes in academic works. It just breaks the flow. Far better, IMO, to make it apparent through the use of the word itself. (Note: I am a big fan, however, of footnotes in academic books, and am sad that they are now out of vogue in most disciplines.)
All that being said, I do want to build an on-line lexicon on my web site at some point. I also plan to start tweeting weekly cant terms and definitions via my twitter feed soon.
You don’t seem to blog much on this site. Why not?
I’m not a bloggy kind of guy; or, rather, I haven’t been lately. Deadlines and all that. I’m hoping to post more once Book 2 gets handed in. But, yeah, I’m not terribly bloggy even then. If you want to keep up with me or check in, Facebook and Twitter are you better bets at the moment. You can follow me by using the tabs over on the side of the web page, should you be so inclined.