What follows are the questions I recieve from almost everyone and the answers I always
When is the second novel in the Metrognomes series coming out? Why isn't
it out yet? I plan to kill you (yeah...that part's usually tacked on to the question)
UPDATED JUNE 2015
It's on the way! I confess that I am just as impatient as you are on
this one, but the fact is, a Metrognomes novel is very involved, more so than any of my other projects, mainly because
of the detailed illustrations.
That being said, I have already written a spin-off novella called The Demons
of the Blood, and I plan to have the main series sequel Aradia's Wand written by the end of the year. The plan
was to release the spin-off this year and the sequel next year, but things are ever in motion in publishing. Right now, it
looks more sensible to release the sequel before the spin-off book, so as not to confuse new readers. Either way, there is
definitely a new Metrognomes book coming within the next year or so!
With both books, the next step is handing them over to an illustrator
(once I get the manuscript finished for Aradia's Wand). It took Molly Brimer about six months to do the illustrations
for Metrognomes: The Shaman's Apprentice, so that's what I'd bet on for the new books as well.
One of the big hold ups on this project has been the fact that Molly Brimer has gone
off the grid, and her illustrations, in my opinion, made the original book. We are even now in the process of trying to find
an illustrator who can step in and maintain the look of the universe while taking it forward in a way that builds on
the foundation laid by Molly's work on the original. Of course, if Molly suddenly returns and wants in, she will always
be our first choice! At this point, however, it is simply time to move the project forward, and we are very much in the process
of doing that right now.
Are you ever going to write a sequel to Cry, Wolf?
UPDATED (ever so slightly) JUNE 2015
Oh, how the answer to this question has evolved over the years!
I shall now give more of an answer than you were probably looking for. When I started
writing Cry, Wolf, it was a stand-alone story. There was no idea or plan for a sequel, but as I neared the end
of the book, an idea for a second story, a "Daniel's life as a werewolf" story, had started to develop in my head. I still
viewed Cry, Wolf as a finished story, but I planted the seeds for a sequel, just in case I ever wanted to tell that
other story some time. But when the book came out, the sequel question came from every reader I ever heard from about the
novel! Apparently, I am the only person on earth who viewed the story as complete. Fortunately for the fans, it was less than
a year before the characters started screaming for a sequel themselves.
Since then, the second story has been close to my heart, then drifted away, and come
back again so many times I lose count. It's a hard place to go, and there is a lot of energy involved in writing a character
with a broken heart. For years the idea gestated, and I thought it would take me three books to tell the story of what happened
next. When I started fleshing out the story, I realized there was too much happening for three and expanded it to five books.
So, the story itself has been mapped out for some time, but there was always a missing element.
As it turns out, part of the missing element was time itself. I kept trying to make
the sequel take place about a year after the first book, but it didn't really come to life for me until I decided to set it
about seventeen years later. By that time, the characters have a lot more to say, and the now present, once missing,
element is Daniel's growth as a character, which turns out to be the real focus of the story. All of the plot points
I mapped out remain the same, but the passage of time and the depth of what Daniel is going through internally have turned
it into a completely different story for me. I am newly motivated and more excited than ever to write the story of Daniel
Mason, and my current writing schedule will have me working on that manuscript again this summer. The story is more alive
than it's ever been for me, so, with an epic outline sitting on my desk even as I type this update, there is no
way I'm going to wait another seventeen years to get it written. As for the release date, we will have to see how things come
together, but there should be an announcement soon after I finish the manuscript.
So, short answer:
Is The Great Debate the sequel to Cry, Wolf?
When is your next book coming out, and what is it about?
UPDATED JUNE 2015
For the first time in sixteen years ... I don't know!
I have a couple of books written that do not have solid release plans at this time.
One, of course, is a new Metrognomes spin-off called The Demons of the Blood: A Metrognomes Adventure, which will
be released either in 2015 or 2017. We are trying to work out the release strategy that works best for the overall series.
The other is a book of silly haiku called Haikus are Stupid: A Most Mind-Numbing Volume of Weird Poetry that
I personally have pulled the plug on more than once, because I keep changing my mind about whether or not I want
a book of silly little poems out there with my name on it. The haiku book has all of the poems that are on the Web site here, plus a slew of new ones. If it gets released, I may add even more. So those are the two finished manuscripts I'm sitting
on, and neither one may be the next book I have published.
I'm working on a number of other projects though, and, again, I have no idea when
I throw them into the mix which one will come out first.
As I mentioned above, this is the first time I haven't had an answer to this question
(not that I always answer it correctly when I do have an answer), but the sheer number of in-the-works projects in itself
should assure us that at least something will be published in book form before the end of this year.
And for the record, I am once again leaning towards releasing the haiku book at some
point. But don't hold me to that!
Are you related to Glenn Clark, the author of various
Christian books published in the 1930s and '40s?
Not as far as I know. Of course, I've never researched his lineage,
but even if we turned out to be related, I imagine the relation would be very distant. As for the similar first name, it's
just a coincidence, but it is also part of why I use my full name as my pen name.
Are there any other writers in your family?
UPDATED JUNE 2015
Yes! My late great-grandfather Glenn Slade wrote the novel Through
Texas on a Mule, published in 1949.
My late uncle Dick Fagan was a songwriter who recorded several records
in decades past. My sister Valerie Clark and our cousin Ryan Fagan are also songwriters who perform in the Houston
My cousin Bonnie Jones is the author of a fantasy novel entitled
The Arthurian Protectors: The Stirring of the Sword, and her mother (my aunt) Nikki Fagan is the author the
illustrated children's book Foxy and Wolfy: What Kind of Friend is This? both published in 2014.
My cousin-by-marriage, James Prince, is an accomplished playwright and owner of the
Core Theatre in Richardson, Texas. His plays include Variations on the Theatre of Life (2013) Behind the
Cotton Curtain: Remembering Medgar Evers (2013), Fire at the Cocoanut Grove 1942 (2014), and a stage adaptation
of the classic film It Happened One Night (2015).
My Clark lineage also shows direct descent from Andreas Capellanus,
who would have been my 31st-great-grandfather, author of De Amore (known more commonly in English as The
Art of Courtly Love), in, approximately, 1185. Of course, he was a mysterious figure, and family histories become generally
somewhat dubious when they go back that far, but that's what is recorded on our family tree from way back when.
I read one of your stories and got the impression
that some of the characters mentioned were maybe from other stories you wrote. Do some of your works share a universe?
NEW QUESTION JUNE 2015
Yes! I've been weaving an interconnected universe since one of the characters in "Night
Light" mentioned one of the characters from "The Ghost in the Olive Grove" way back in 2000. I usually try to be
subtle about it, so that new readers won't feel lost (of course, sometime I go a little crazy, and you wind up asking
me some variation of the above question), but yes, a number of books and short stories are tied together in what I call the
Nightfire Universe. If you want to see the chronology of these stories for future reference, there is a timeline right here on this site.
Will you write my English paper for me?