It’s time to announce my next book. It is a contemporary fantasy novel set in modern day Atlanta, Georgia. It it called,
Tallow Jones: Wizard Detective.
I started writing this project back in the summer of 2011. This was before I published “Eye of the Moonrat”. I was half way through writing “Hunt of the Bandham” and felt the need for a change of pace. I had this idea burning in my mind of a wizard who used magic to solve crimes.
I started outlining a novel about a wizard from the world of the Bowl of Souls who ends up in our world. I didn’t know where I was going with it at first, but then an idea came to me and it was a big one that tied together many of the concepts that I had been growing in the world already. I grew really excited about it and began to write. I got about eight chapters in before I began to hit a bit of a wall with the narrative. That was also when I first heard about Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files.
I was really ticked at first. I wondered if my idea had already been done. So I hesitantly picked up some of the Dresden books and started to read. To my relief, they had very little in common other than that the main character was a wizard in a modern day world. I did end up enjoying the Dresden books by the way.
Nevertheless, I put the story to the side. I turned my attention to the Moonrat Saga and hoped that one day I would get back to it. Well, now, after the completion of the Jharro Grove Saga and before starting the Dark Prophet Saga, I thought, “Why not? The story is already partially written.” So here it comes.
Without giving away too many spoilers, the story of Tallow Jones deals with a wizard who uses the same magic from the Bowl of Souls world. He is trying to help family members solve a missing persons case while tracking magic that is being brought into our world.
Some of you may recognize the name Tallow from the Bowl of Souls books and that is because I mentioned him a few times to lay the groundwork for this series. I’ll let those of you who are interested look it up. At any rate, let me tell you a few things to built up anticipation and perhaps assuage the fears that some of you may have.
- The events in Tallow Jones will not directly affect or change the Bowl of Souls characters and the world that you already know. Justan and Company will not show up in this book and weird modern things are not going to begin leaking into the Bowl of Souls world.
- It will have an all new cast of characters and it will very much have the flavor of humor and characterization you have come to expect from the Bowl of Souls novels, just with a more modern flair.
- This book deals in part with how the magic from the Bowl of Souls series could affect our world.
- This book will be canon and part of the wider Bowl of Souls universe.
- The Tallow Jones series will help to answer questions about the world of the Bowl of Souls and where it is in relation to our world.
- The expected arrival date is this fall, perhaps as soon as September. I have been writing on it and will keep you informed.
Thank you very much! I hope you are excited about this story. I am excited to share it with you! Don’t hesitate to post questions in the comments. I will answer anything I can without giving away spoilers!