Q: How is it going with the release of Book III in a fantasy series?
Atrium: StrikeStone just entered the pipeline for distribution the first week of July 2013, so sales can’t be tracked yet. We did a Goodreads giveaway for Book I — titled SufferStone — that got great response, though.
Q: What are the drawbacks to writing a series?
Atrium: Well, my stories are about the women, so there are fewer battle scenes and gory deaths. Characters include the fate of the set-aside wife, or a tribeswoman who maneuvers behind the scenes to promote her son as leader, or a businesswoman who courts the men while she ignores the talents of her niece. The battles mostly take place over the hill while the women try to gather remnants to hold together a society.
Q: Sci-fi fans don’t like stories about women?
Atrium: That depends on where you look for fans. Not to speak against Reddit, but I’ve had more luck with engaging fans on GoodReads and World Literary Cafe. Also some readers don’t start with a series until at least three books are in print.
Q: Are more books planned for the Dolvia Saga?
Atrium: Book IV — titled SignalStone — is written, but I’m polishing the last section to foreshadow Book V that’s just underway this summer.
Q: Does the reader need to read the first two books to understand events in StrikeStone?
Atrium: Thanks you for asking. A reviewer from Rabid Readers Reviews read an advanced copy and claimed she understood StrikeStone just fine without the first two, but she wanted to go back, then, and pick them up to read. I hope other readers have a similar reaction.
Q: How many books in the series are planned altogether?
Atrium: Six is a good number. It’s important to complete some story threads for each book, but leave the reader wondering about what happened to other characters.
Q: How do you balance all those characters and keep them clear in your head?
Atrium: Each character has her own quirks and way of seeing the world. Tribespeople on Dolvia have a tight community where each is needed. I like to allow them to grow and see how each acts in a crisis or as and adult after some catastrophe. The characters are people to me, so I’m always returning to see what happens next.