So Liquid Smoke’s been out for a few weeks now and like all normal authors, I come home every night and scour the Internet for any words written about it and then cry myself to sleep if anyone said anything bad about it. And then I pay an assassin to take them out. Just kidding. Maybe.
But it’s been out a couple of weeks now and the reviews and comments have been overwhelmingly positive. So thank you to those that have taken the time to say something nice about the book. It’s very much appreciated.
One thing that has surprised me, though, is people’s reaction to the ending. I knew that certain things in the latter half of the book would surprise people, probably even anger those that read the first two books in the series. The ending is absolutely meant to change Noah’s life and send him on a different path.
But the question I’ve seen in more than a couple of places is whether or not there will be any future Noah books and I found that surprising.
The ending is absolutely different than any other ending I’ve ever written. It’s not wrapped up with a bow. Nothing is tidy and in place. Noah is in a place that he never envisioned himself to be and his life has really been blown to pieces.
But I thought that’s what made it interesting. There’s no longer anything that’s predictable about him or his life. All he’s known – and that readers have known – is going to have to change. As an author, that’s an exciting challenge to undertake. And as a reader, there’s nothing I like better than a writer who surprises me.
So for the record – yes, there will be more Noah books. Number Four is currently under construction. He’s going to be back sooner rather than later, still dealing with the aftermath of Liquid Smoke. He won’t be the same. Ever.
But he will be back.