A New Trilogy: Coming Soon!

I used to think I would never write a series or a trilogy. I liked closure. I liked an entire world or experience to be contained in one complete story. I hated cliff-hangers. (Marvel movies, really? Those after credit snippets were clever marketing ploys.) I hated marketing ploys. So I wrote five standalone novels. I was satisfied.

Then I started writing my sixth novel. It was different on many levels, but I still thought it would be a standalone novel until I finished it. Suddenly I had a strange feeling: it didn’t feel finished. There was more to tell. More to discover. I realized at that moment that I had never written a sequel or series because I had previously not had the right story.

Now I do, and I’m proud to soon be releasing book one of The Forgotten Child Trilogy: A Man Too Old for a Place Too Far.

It’s on Kindle Scout until the December 1. It could use your nomination. Please use this KINDLE SCOUT LINK and read the first couple chapters of it. And if you like it, please nominate it!

REVIEWERS: If you review books and post reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, I’d love to send you a pre-release copy of book 1 in exchange for your honest review. Email me at mark@mwsasse.com to set it up.

Here are the tentative release dates for THE FORGOTTEN CHILD TRILOGY. I can’t wait.

BOOK 1 – DECEMBER 2017 – A MAN TOO OLD FOR A PLACE TOO FAR

BOOK 2 – SUMMER 2018 – THE AFRICAN CONNECTION

BOOK 3 – TBD – THE FORGOTTEN CHILD

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The Forgotten Child Trilogy – Coming Soon!

I can scarcely remember when I started writing this trilogy. I believe it was in December of 2015 that I began dabbling with the idea. I had a strange visual of a tiny person in a white robe, eating a pomegranate while hovering over top of the bed of an old man sleeping. That image was the genesis of this trilogy. I had no idea what it meant or who these people were, but I had so much fun discovering it!

It turns out that the old man sleeping was none other than Manhattan businessman Francis Frick. He’s quite a character as you will see. He’s not the most pleasant person to be around as his daughter Ruthy Frick knows all too well.

And what about that strange flying being eating pomegranates over his bed? Well, her name is Bee. She’s also quite the character, opposite of Mr. Frick in just about every way imaginable. But it seems like their destinies are linked. An otherworldly being, and her faithful companion Ash, will have to deal with Mr Francis Frick if they are to achieve their goal – save a child in history who never mattered – that is, The Forgotten Child.

This is an adventure through time spanning four continents and one-hundred years. From Scotland to Cambodia, from the South Pacific to Africa, from Romania to Manhattan, get ready for a new adventure into the heart of the 20th century. Bee will be your guide, and she’s a lovely little person with which to spend the afternoon.

Official blurb to follow. Book 1 Cover Reveal Tomorrow.

The Forgotten Child Trilogy

BOOK 1: A Man Too Old for a Place Too Far  (RELEASING SOON)

BOOK 2: The African Connection (mid 2018)

BOOK 3: The Forgotten Child  (early 2019)

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Going for a Trilogy

My, the consummate stand-alone novel guy, is going for a trilogy.  I mentioned a while back that I was wading into virgin territory by starting a sequel to my finished yet unpublished novel “A  Man too Old for a Place too Far.” As I’ve been working on the sequel, the stories line just keep ballooning and advancing in unexpected ways. Finally, today, I realized that there is no way I’m going to wrap up this story by the end of the second novel, but a third, yes, can be done. Probably should be done. I don’t want to drag it out indefinitely. I do like closure. That’s why I write standalones.

But in this one, I fleshed out 6 weaving story lines. Does that sound like a lot? Perhaps. But they are all interconnected in unique and fun ways. It will be a pleasure to see how they overlap and tie up in a beautifully satisfying bow at the end of book three. That’s the goal, at least.

And that brings me to outlining. I’ve never outlined before, but with overlapping story lines and three novels, it is starting to feel more nature. I have, at least at this point, figured out the very ending of the trilogy. That’s where I want to go. It could change, of course, but it gives me a clear goal to get to. Now it is just one big puzzle with many moving parts and I have to put the Rubik’s cube back together again. At least this is the cube that I created. I have the playbook. So there!

It’s also a reason why I slowed down the release of Book 1. I want to make sure I have all three books well thought-out before I release the first and regret it later because of a great new idea.

So the first Sasse trilogy is in the mix. It’s a tough genre to describe. Historical fiction, contemporary adventure, time travel, magical realism. And go ahead, throw in a few more.

I asked one of my beta readers of book 1 how he would categorize it. He said that that is a good question, and unfortunately, there were no good answers.

My goal would be to have the trilogy completely written by the end of 2017. First book published by summer’s end with books 2 & 3 coming along in 2018.

Now let’s see what really happens.

Retiring “Spy Blue: The Novella”

I recently decided to retire my first and only novella Spy Blue. I wrote that several years ago after I had co-written the drama “Spy Blue.” When I was in the final editing process of the play, I realized that I liked the story and it would be quite easy to turn it into a novella.

The novella itself turned into a very wooden translation of the play, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it did, however, leave a lot of the story in my imagination. It became evident that writing for drama and writing a story are two very different things. Still, it was a good story with an excellent plot-line so I decided to publish it.

I’m extremely glad I did because it was that activity which brought me to my current status as an indie author. It emboldened me to try something a little more difficult – my first novel, Beauty Rising, which I completed later that year.

Now, in 2014, I’m a very different writer in many respects than I was several years ago. I’ve completed three novels and have put myself out there in the public, trying to build a readership.

Recently, Spy Blue kept coming back to my mind that, perhaps, it isn’t yet finished. Perhaps it is story that deserves “novel” treatment, and so I decided to retire the novella – no longer making it available for purchase. That means that the story itself has worked its way back onto my writing agenda. I’ve even thought that maybe I could expand it so much as to make a trilogy out of it. That is a revolutionary thought for someone like me who writes stand-alone novels. But the Spy Blue story has so many interesting facets that it could seriously be expanded to one extremely long story divided into three parts. I’m excited about the possibilities that exist. This is what being a writer is all about. Getting an idea that excites you and moving it into the planning and writing stage. If I do write a Spy Blue trilogy, it is about three years away because of my other projects I’m working on.

But it’s fun to dream and think about what can be. I just need some more writing time!

I do hope that Spy Blue will live again, but for now, farewell, Blue.