So you might be wondering, Where’s the next Badlands book? You’re working on this sci-fi thriller while we’re stuck waiting and wondering what’s going to happen with Dave and Johnny. Come on, already!
Never fear, the update is here. Badlands #3 — titled Revenge In the Badlands — sits at roughly 30k words right now. That’s about 1/3 of the way there.
Why the wait? Well, the short answer is that I just needed some time away from the Badlands universe. I get burned out working on the same project without some kind of a break in between. My enthusiasm wanes. When that happens the story suffers. It’ll also end up taking forever to write, because I just don’t want to sit down and work on it.
I got stuck around the 30k mark because the story just wasn’t revealing itself to me. I don’t believe in writer’s block, but I do agree that you have to be in the right frame of mind when you work on a book. Rather than spin my wheels on a book I wasn’t ready to write, I decided to finish The Crossover Gene instead. That allowed me to at least continue working and creating new words, while I waited for Badlands #3 to finish taking shape.
The good news is that I’m in the final stages of The Crossover Gene and after taking a few months off from Badlands #3, the gates have finally opened. The story I really wanted to tell in Revenge In the Badlands has finally revealed itself to me. I can’t say exactly how that “eureka” moment happens, but I know it just feels right. Like I can just tell that all the planets have aligned and things are where they’re supposed to be. That this book is actually worth writing and that I truly have something to say. That gets me excited about writing.
Sorry for the delay, but the process is what it is. Sometimes it takes a while to play out. I’m still shooting for a Badlands release before Christmas, if possible. I won’t rush it and sacrifice quality just to make a date, but I will try to hit that date.
In the meantime, if you find yourself in the market for a different type of read, you might like The Crossover Gene. I’m really psyched about it. It’s like nothing I’ve ever written before. That said, it’s still a fast-paced thriller, but with a fantastical sci-fi backdrop. Hopefully that’ll see publication by the end of summer.
Stay tuned for more updates. Until then, take care.