Astrid Maxxim and her Amazing Hoverbike (2011)
I was at a bit of a loss. I had finished Blood Trade, but wasn’t ready to sit down and start on the next Senta book yet. I started talking to someone about how my first book was an homage to Edgar Rice Burroughs and his books that I had loved as a kid. They asked if those were the books that made me a reader. I replied “no,” and pointed to my collection of Tom Swift Jr. books. Right then, I decided to create my own series of books to replicate what I felt when I read my Appleton’s (yes, I know it’s a pseudonym) work. I carefully planned out my characters and setting. I really did I think more pre-writing work than I had ever done before. Then the book just popped out. It was extremely quick and the following Astrid Maxxim books have continued that tradition.
The Young Sorceress (2012)
It was finally time to write the book that went in between the already written Senta books 3 and 5. Like the other books, I decided to follow several characters, but instead of keeping them confined to one per chapter, I decided to do what I had done in Brechalon and tell flip from character to character within each chapter. This was the most difficult Senta book to write and ended up being the shortest because I threw a lot of things out that didn’t work. I think it’s an uneven book. The Issak Wissinger story is one of my favorites. The Kieran Baxter story, not so much. Still, it was important, because he plays a huge part in books 6 and on.
The Two Dragons (2012)
It was time to publish The Two Dragons, which I had written four years earlier. It should have been a simple matter to proofread it. Except that I had decided the series was going to continue beyond that point, so I chopped off the ending and added a new one. The basis for that ending was a little chunk that I had written just for myself about Senta arriving back in Brechalon. There were also several additions to the story caused by what I had written in The Young Sorceress. About ninety percent of the book was what I had originally envisioned. It’s worth noting that the original ending had a long epilogue that told the entire lives of a ton of characters, and I’ve stayed pretty true to that in the newer books.
The Many Adventures of Eaglethorpe Buxton (2012)
I hadn’t planned on writing any more adventures of Eaglethorpe Buxton, but then I hadn’t planned on not writing any. There was a story that naturally grew out of the first two, so I sat down and wrote it. By the time I was done, I had decided that I would write three stories added to the original two that would probably be all the Eaglethorpe I would ever want to write. I had a vague idea for a story about Eaglethorpe in the jungle, so that became part four. For the last story, all I had was a title: Eaglethorpe Buxton and the Day of the Night of the Werewolf. I wrote it with no preplanning whatsoever. That’s something I almost never do, but if I’m going to do it, Eaglethorpe seems the appropriate place.