Friday, 30 November 2012
It has been - more or less exactly - a year since I finished Super Maxwell 3, The Isle of the Dead, and lost my publisher. Over the last 12 months I've struggled to write some other stuff, never really quite achieving what I'd hoped, and, to be honest, thinking about what I'd lost by no longer writing about the adventures of Maxwell, Billy, Dr Arcania, Juggernaut, and all of those characters and places I fell in love with.
Well, after a year out I've decided to once again return to Maxwell's world - no, I don't have a publisher, and yes I do have three effectively unpublished book sitting in my desk drawer, but writing is, essentially at best folly, and probably closer to madness than anything else - and in the end you've just got stand square and do what you believe in. And I believe in Maxwell Jones.
So in January I will start work on Super Maxwell 4: The Crimson King. This will be by far Maxwell's most ambitious adventure, and will see him returning to Mab (the ruined home of the ancient gods) on a rescue mission, then on to London (though a very different London from what you may know) and finally to Mars to meet at last the mysterious Crimson King.
It will take me a good two years to write The Crimson King, and in the meantime I will be working hard to get a publisher for Super Maxwell 1, 2 and 3 - so realistically it will be at least 5 years before you sit down to read the first page of Super Maxwell and the Crimson King. But one thing I can absolutely promise you - it will be worth the wait.