While the countdown to Hidden ticks away (only a week and a half now) I’m spending nearly all my time thinking about Alex Verus #7. For this book, I’m intending to go back to the model I used for Chosen – planning things out from the beginning (at least the first third or so). For Alex Verus #6, I just made the whole thing up as I went along. While it was kind of fun to do – it was pretty much the same way I wrote Fated and Cursed, which made it feel like a bit of a blast from the past – it was also really stressful. I’d like to have a slightly more relaxed time of it this turn around.
Structurally, I think AV #7 will end up being most like Chosen, in that it’ll be a shake-up book that changes things. Hidden and #6 have been a bit quieter in terms of major developments – while there’s been a lot going on, it hasn’t changed the landscape of the series in any obvious way. I think I’ve done enough long-term preparation now that I can start messing with things. Which should be fun!