As we near the end of 2013, ROOTLESS just celebrated its one year birthday, and I wanted to update you with news about Book 2! The second novel in the ROOTLESS series has been a labor of love for me for the past two years and it’s almost ready to share with readers. The novel will be available sometime in the first few months of 2014 (in English, that is; not sure when my foreign publishers will get it translated and out there!) I’ll keep you all posted on the release, though am hoping there’ll be some element of surprise to the whole thing, sort of mix things up a bit! And I can let you know right now that it’s called THE RIFT, and is, in my opinion, the best thing I have written.
So… yeah! THE RIFT. I dig the title, and hope you do too. It really fits the book, in a number of ways. And I can’t wait for you all to see the cover, and for readers to continue the adventure. Banyan’s story was always bigger than one book, ever since I first began writing the first chapter of ROOTLESS, so I’m excited for readers to see more of the world and more of the characters, in a novel where the stakes get bigger and the story grows darker, more epic, and more full of action and romance. And there’s more beauty, too. More thrills and twists and turns, more questions, and even some answers. And if you enjoyed the phantasmagoria of ROOTLESS, then you will be pleased to know THE RIFT is also a story where the wild places of my imagination come to life on the page.
With THE RIFT’s release imminent, now would be a great time to a.) read ROOTLESS, if you haven’t already, or b.) post a review or rating on Amazon, GoodReads, or anywhere else. Even just a few words can go a long way, and I could use all the help I can get to help spread the word!
This year has been full of writing for me: not just THE RIFT, but the third and final book of the ROOTLESS tree-logy, as well as some new projects. I’ve also attended various book festivals, met loads of readers at bookstores, libraries and schools, and had a blast teaching fiction-writing workshops and summer camps to teenage students… connect with me on Facebook to see some of the things I got up to. One highlight of these interactions has been seeing the ways my own novel has inspired readers-not just to write, but to plant trees, to think more about the environment, and even to build trees and other sculptures out of recycled goods, much as Banyan does in ROOTLESS. I’m excited about any ideas I’ve helped get started, and am grateful for all the support I’ve had along the way.
So, lots more to come in the New Year, but for now, I wish you all the best for this holiday season… May the forest be with you! CHEERS, Chris
“We are the roots that hold this tree, feeding the branches and all of its leaves.” - from Ghosts, by Trevor Hall