I completed the original manuscript for This Plague of Days a few years ago. Every day I headed over to the local Starbucks and typed on a little pad called a Neo. (Yes, I’m aware of the Starbucks/writing cliché and, no, I don’t care.) I finished that iteration of the manuscript at around a quarter of a million words. It’s a sprawling story with a big cast. The Stand is one of my favorite books and I guess that shows through. However, I wasn’t content with publishing models as they existed at that time. Now, between ebook distribution and the benefits of serialization, I have a book that’s gaining traction. (Check out the great reviews here, for instance.)
What’s up next for Jaimie Spencer?
Season One had a lot of character development as we delved into Jaimie Spencer’s handicaps and his powers. Everyone loves Jaimie, but we haven’t seen all he can do yet. He’s a selective mute on the autism spectrum, so it’s always significant when he chooses to speak. In Season Two, it’s still significant, but under special circumstances, he’s going to be a bit more talkative. I love writing this character!
What’s up for Shiva?
Ah, the devil in the red dress has yet to deliver her baby and she’s finding some changes in her body that aren’t explainable by pregnancy. She and Jaimie meet for the first time.
Has the British invasion finally started?
Yes. The infected invade the United States on two fronts! I’m telling you there are big surprises coming. That warning won’t help you.
What about the survivors from London?
The Brit refugees, led by Dr. Craig Sinjin-Smythe, are getting some military assistance but they’re having trouble catching up with Shiva. New cast members are added and others are lost to a bad case of Zombie Surprise.
Who are the new characters?
There’s a small assortment of military personnel, an Irish policeman I like named Desmond Walsh and a busker/street preacher named Gus. Expect a touch of romance and meet a new villain to add to the mounting dangers to the Spencers. Also, a villain from Season One reappears.
How is Season Two going to be different from Season One?
Someone on my beta reader team noticed that the pacing in Season Two has amped up. We know these characters so now there’s lots of room for more high-stakes action with people we care about. The Latin phrases and fascination with words isn’t going away, but the fallout from Sutr-X and Sutr-Z is really hitting home now. Your home.
The expected publication date for Season Two of This Plague of Days is the end of September. If you’d like a heads up when it comes out, or chances to win prizes and see advanced reading copies, click here to go to my author site for details.
The All That Chazz podcast returns next week!
- Dystopian Braingasm: For word nerds and horror readers who love autistic heroes (chazzwrites.com)
- Understanding Jaimie Spencer: An excerpt from This Plague of Days, Season 2 (thisplagueofdays.com)
- Season One of the World’s First Autistic Zombie Apocalypse Novel is Complete! (thisplagueofdays.com)
- This Plague of Days: The Mackinac Bridge Massacre (thisplagueofdays.com)
- Why Zombies? For the brains. (thisplagueofdays.com)