It's been an interesting year in more ways than one.
With September upon us, I am faced with the realization it has been a year since the release of another Star Runners book. Where in the world does the time go?
I won't bore you with any details about the reason for the delay, but the gap in publication has led to some very strongly-worded emails wondering if I was going to continue the series, if I was still writing, or if the scene at the end of Star Runners: Scorpions was simply the end.
Out of respect for your time, I will get to the point and provide a short answer:
Star Runners 5 is currently with the editor. I promise I will let you know the details of the release soon.
I will soon start work on Star Runners 6. I have become quite reflective about this possibility. I've always had a clear idea of where I wanted this overall story to go and how I wanted it to end.
When I was young, I gazed at the stars and wondered if any people were out there looking back from those tiny pinpoints of light. I think that was the earliest daydreams of what would later become Star Runners. Fast forward a few years (OK, maybe more than a few) and I started writing the first Star Runners book with no idea anyone would ever read it. Writing the book was simply my way of finishing a boyhood dream. Life is too short to leave unrealized dreams in the realm of regret, so I aimed to complete this story.
Events would come in and delay me, frustrating me to the point I wondered if I would ever accomplish my goal. But I stayed with it, waking up each day at 4 a.m. and writing until 6 a.m. when I would have to go to my "real" jobs. To this day, I'm still an early morning writer with the help of coffee.
The idea bouncing around my head for years evolved into two distinct trilogies linked through the point of view of Austin Stone and his best friend, Josh Morris. The initial trilogy would introduce Austin and Josh to the universe, challenge them and force them to grow up. The second trilogy would expand the universe and show how Austin and Josh dealt differently with the realities of life because it never turns out quite the way we expect.
Would I ever write more Star Runners books after the initial six? I will never stop writing, but I felt six novels (in addition to other writings, work, life, etc.) in the same universe was enough to keep me busy for a while. Now, it's difficult to believe that the next Star Runners book I write, the sixth in the series, is where I planned on ending my initial story.
Whoa. Time does go by fast.
I have plenty of ideas for other stories. After all, it's a big universe.
The joy of telling tales and sharing these moments with you is why I was born. It's all I've ever wanted to do, and I will keep writing every day. If I can provide a few moments of escape for you all, I feel I've done my job.
There is my long overdue update to those of you kind enough to follow me. I hope all of you who've journeyed with me are well and happy in whatever you are doing. Thank you for your love and support. It keeps me going in ways I could never fully express.
If you have any questions or would like to drop me a line, I can be reached at email@example.com. I'll get back to you ASAP.
Until next time, stay frosty.