I’ll be at the Trolls & Legends festival in Mons, Belgium, from April 19th to the 21st. If you’re coming to the festival, be sure to drop by and get your book signed. And don’t be shy to bring books from home. I sign everything anyone puts in front of me, so long as my name is on it.
You may be wondering what I’ve been up to in the last year, aside from finishing up Night’s Dominion book 2 and other odd jobs. I’ve been calculating the next big phase in my career. Allow me to introduce the first part of that phase.
This is KRISS, my new series, and my first full collaboration with the magnificent Warren Wucinich. Warren has done amazing work coloring Courtney Crumrin and Princess Ugg. He went on to draw Invader Zim. Now he and I have put our heads together to create this new series.
So what, or who, is Kriss? Glad you asked.
KRISS is the titular character of this new series, a young boy haunted by a past he can’t quite remember. Taken as a child from a conquered barbarian kingdom in the remote north, Kriss was left with farmers, there to be raised until he’s old enough to be a soldier, and feed the empire’s endless appetite for conquest. But Kriss still clings to dim memories of his real father, the king of Darkovia. And Darkovia still remembers him.
When a wild sabercat, straying far from its home in the northern wastes, kills the mother of Kriss’s only friend, Anja, Kriss takes it on himself to slay it. Armed with only a hayfork, he sets out on his violent quest. But there’s more to the creature than simple beast. It may be the spirit of his homeland, calling him to return. Kriss soon learns that the path to greatness might also be a journey into darkness, from which there is no escape.
So KRISS is my and Warren’s grim, broody, black metal tween fantasy hero. We hope he scowls his way into your hearts.
It’s with enormous gratitude and not a little sadness that I write my final message for this campaign. Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing proposition, and unfortunately, HEROINES didn’t reach its goal. Not this time, anyway.
HEROINES is a very special book to me, and I will find a way to make it happen. But if Kickstarter is good for anything, it’s good for testing the waters. Right now, there just aren’t enough fans waiting for this book. I’m hoping to change that in the coming months. To that end, I’d like to ask you all to sign up for my mailing list. I’ll be sending out short monthly bulletins about HEROINES as well as my other upcoming projects. And if you sign up, you’ll be the first to know when I launch a new campaign.
I want to thank Shon Bury, Jacob Bascle, Amelia Thompson, JD Boucher, Taylor Smith, and everyone else at Space Goat publishing for putting together this campaign. I also want to thank the incredibly talented Wilson Large for knocking out a splendid campaign video. And my indefatigable friend Paget, whom you have to thank for those messages in your twitter mailbox.
Most especially, I want to thank you all for pledging. You can’t know how much it has meant to me to hear from you all. That alone was worth the heartache of seeing a beloved project fall through. Marketing has always seemed the most daunting part of creative work, but seeing your growing support for this project, hearing from and chatting with you all, made it a delight. I look forward to more of that.
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