Sunday, July 09, 2017

Two Trilogies

The novels that make up my Malvern trilogy are something of a continuing story. This is not to say each can not stand alone, with a self-contained plot. However, there is an overarching storyline of Michael Malvern in the world of the Mora, his adventures, explorations, loves, all brought to a conclusion in “Hero from the Sea.”

Then, a year or so later, I started in on another trilogy set in that same world but not focused on Malvern. These do not really share a plot, though they are the same ‘story’ in a broad sense. A ‘history,’ perhaps. Each has a different protagonist/narrator, but their tales do interweave. There is one left to complete and then I shall probably leave the world of the Mora behind. It was a world I liked, a quasi-Polynesian society that was — somewhere else.

A parallel world, maybe we would say. Another bubble in the multiverse. Whatever. I would probably be repeating myself if I attempted to squeeze more stories out of it. This is not to say I wouldn’t visit the Mora people in a later age when their society has changed, grown into something different, if I came up with something interesting to say about it. I also might revisit, in some manner, the sorcerer Hurasu who mostly lurks at the edges of these books (but is a major character in “Valley of Visions,” the second Malvern novel).

I have just put the wraps on the second Mora novel, “Arrows of Heaven,” which takes place about five years after the end of the Malvern series. The last book will take up the story somewhat later, maybe fifteen years or so. And that will be that.

It can be noted that all these novels, the five completed so far, are quite similar in structure. I sat down planning, from the first to the latest, to come out with about 60,000 words in four parts — each with a plot arc — and 60 chapters. I have ended up very close to this target each time. It seems to come natural; indeed, a lot of my stuff is divided into novella-sized sections.

As for “Warrior of the Moon,” the final Mora book, it is entirely likely to appear in 2018. We’ll see — lots of other pots are crowding it on the back burners!

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