My New Old Book

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So I’m back to work on my old, new book again.

Old, because it was birthed in my head during a late-night drive on Rt. 81 North about five years ago.

New, because it’s my current book.

And I’m pretty excited.

At the time of inception, I couldn’t start it as I was coming off The Lion Vrie, starting Athera’s Dawn, and Wayne and I were in the midst of Curse of the Spider King, and then Venom and Song. But once VnS was wrapped up, and with little hope of ever writing the 3rd book of The Berinfell Prophecies once the publisher declined our third installment, I had time to start in on the story. Twenty-five chapters worth to be exact.

But it was again delayed when Wayne and I journeyed into the very real possibility of self-publishing The Tide of Unmaking. Which we did. And which you read.

In the wake of tToU’s release, I needed a break from writing. To refresh. To reset. But recently I’ve felt that nagging itch to get writing again. And nothing provokes me more than a snow storm.

In recent weeks I’ve been making copious notes about plot twists, themes, politics, and character issues. Then finally, today’s 9″ snow storm pushed me over the edge.

I set in to editing the first five chapters, re-internalizing the story, reworking some major character points, and—most dramatically—transforming the entire manuscript into first-person-present. I’ve wanted to attempt to write from this POV for years, having first been challenged to do so by friends Sharon Hinck and Bryan Davis, and further inspired by Stephen Lawhead, Suzanne Collins, and many other notables.

I will say that it’s a bit tedious at first; getting my head in that writing mode when I’m already so well versed in past-tense-limited is quite the ordeal. But once engaged, it’s addicting, fast-paced, and dangerously powerful. I love it, and not quite sure how I got along without it in the past. Present. Er—

I’m still not ready to release the concept names yet, so you’ll need to wait a bit longer (still code named “TSR” for now). But I can say that there will be three installments, and each from a different character’s view point. And it’s definitely a veritable steampunk wonder-world of awesome.

And I’m working very hard to release all three in one year: 2013.

Crazy, I know.

But I think my readers’ veracious appetites can handle it, and the lack of publishing restraints on this new self-publishing model allows me to try and meet it. We’ll see.

Thanks again for all your support, my faithful readers. Knowing you’re out there to devour these books once they’re released encourages me greatly.

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  • That sounds absolutely fantastic!
    Steampunk is a really great and fun genre

    • Why thank you! Super excited for this new spin on things (thus why I’m still keeping it closely guarded).

  • The itch is hard to resist when it calls, is it not? I wish you well on this venture – I wish you very well indeed.

    • LB, thank you for stopping by. The well wishing is greatly coveted, as are our mutual memories.

  • 2013 is looking like it will be awesome to the third power. Can’t wait!

    • Now if I could only figure out how to make a little “3” in the upper right for this comment…

  • Shane Marolf

    Steampunk! Super excited

  • Dark Bug

    Aha! Finally my mind is put to rest about this new series! (at least a little)

    Did you know, I actually Google searched ‘TSR christopher hopper’ to try and find out if you had said anything about it anywhere else?

    So…
    I assume ‘S’ in TSR stands for ‘Sky’, as Sir Batson made some comments about that a while ago.

    • I like seeing this investigative prowess surfacing! Well done! I’ll give you “Sky.” 🙂

  • sarah novak

    Woohoo! So excited. Aaron and I were just talking about your new trilogy on wednesday. He was teljng me about some sort of promise you made him. Lol. By the way, you are a briliant author.

    • You’re so incredibly kind, Sarah. I really do appreciate that a great deal.

  • Sounds different, sounds brand new, sounds awesome! Can’t wait to eat it up!

    -Nathan Keeneye

    • Thanks, Nathan. You’re always so encouraging — I really appreciate that.

  • Sarah Rice

    Ooohhh, sounds awesome! I need to get more of your books. I am addicted to The White Lion Chronicles… And got some of my friends hooked to. They were at the top of my Christmas list last year. And top of my friends list this year. 🙂
    I’m also a fan of Stephen Lawhead so that’s awesome.
    Can’t wait!!

    • Awe, thanks big time, Sarah! Makes my day.

      Lawhead is the man that opened me to the world of reading as a teenager, and first inspired me to write.

  • Cannot wait!

  • Billy Jepma

    I know for a fact that you’ve got something special on your hands Christopher. I can’t wait to get my hands on the finished product. 😀

    • Thanks for the vote of confidence, bro. As one of the few who’ve had the chance to read some of the manuscript, your word means a lot.

  • Sarah

    New book? Steampunk? HUZZAH! I haven’t read much steampunk (actually, I’m not sure if I’ve read any), but it sounds cool from what I’ve heard of it. I very much look forward to these new books of yours, Sir Hopper!

    • Thanks Sarah! Yes, think Jules Verne meets Aviation meets Brave New World meets Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

      Woah, what a mix!

  • So do you have any remedies for this “itch” you mentioned? I have it too…

    • Yes.

      WRITE THE BLASTED BOOK ALREADY, NATHAN!

      It’s been almost 15 years in the making. I think it’s time.

  • Ciara

    *explodes* aaaahhhhh!! More books 😀 yayayayayayayayayayyyyy!
    *ahem*
    I’ve never read any steampunk before, but it sounds interesting :p And all three in one year? Sounds kinda painful for you but veeeeeery good for me 😀 And if they’re anywhere near as good as TWLC then I will be the happiest person in the world.

    • Well, that’s super kind of you. Thank you for that. Different world, and different themes, but same author–so I guess that’s a good sign for you.

  • *KABLAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!*

    SUPER STOKED!!!

  • Can NOT wait to hear more news about all of this! The entire series in one year… now you are just spoiling us. 😉 So it’s the T “Sky” R… hmmm did you give us a teaser of this during the Nightwing book signing party a few years ago?

    BTW Thank you for your helpful tip on my question on making a book cover. Your answer did help me understand it better and I made a change on my paper color (Cream would be nicer). Also I finally posted on Amazon my review for your Handbook to Publishing Your Novel. To all you writers out there be sure to check this book out. It’s a steal!

    Enjoy your ride of writing and snowstorms. You and your beautiful fam stay safe and warm.

    • So much to say here!

      Yes, you did indeed get a teaser of the first chapter! I’m honored you’d even remember that. Wow. Did you like it?

      Glad I could help answer your question. Yeah, cream is def the way to go; looks way more legit. The white stinks like monkey butt.

      Review? Woah. Super honored! Thank you!

      And yes, when you see snow systems pounding the northeast, you’ll know I’m writing. 🙂