Dear Gryphon Fans,
We get emailed some variation of this question nearly every day and I'm sure many of you have come to our website today looking for information on when THE BLACK FORTRESS (The Gryphon Chronicles, Book 6) will finally go on sale. Yes, it has been a long time between releases. :( We humbly, truly, deeply apologize for that and thought we'd take a moment to give you a quick update on why it's been taking so long and also where we are in the writing process. But straight up rest assured, YES, IT'S COMING. It's well underway.
"What's taking so long?"
First, THE BLACK FORTRESS is going to be about two books long. (Like SECRETS OF THE DEEP was.) And not only that, the level of complexity in writing a series finale is tricky and that also slowed us down. (Ow, my brain!!) With lots of big plot threads to figure out and wrap up, we don't want to get this wrong just for the sake of getting it out. So we took a lot of time in the planning stage. We even went all the way back to THE LOST HEIR and listened to the whole 70 hour series on audiobook just to make sure we weren't missing anything important. (That was fun, actually. Jamie MacKenzie's narration goes down quite easily.)
Second, we hate excuses, normally we agree with never complain, never explain, but I gotta say this time, a multitude of personal/health/family and professional issues, (sometimes disasters!), seemed to hit one after another over the past year and a half. All of them were completely unavoidable.
"How close are you to being done?"
Never fear, beloved readers! After our spate of trials and tribulations, we are officially back on track and have been going strong, knock on wood, since June with no new calamities. Whew! A quick recap then of what we've been up to: All of the plot twists and turns have been ironed out in great detail all the way through to the end of the book. So we know exactly where we're going and how each characters storyline will be wrapped up at the end. Sorry, no spoilers right now. We've got 30+ chapters written & done. Yay!
At this point, we have about 10-15 more chapters to go, depending on how we decide to break things up. Of course, there'll be a round or two of revising, and then a team of editors who will get the book polished and ready for primetime.
So again, sorry about the long delay. We feel just terrible about making you wait. And it's not just you getting impatient and mad! Red is ready to bite our heads off and Jake is threatening to hold us upside-down over the keyboard with his telekinesis and shake us till the book falls out. :)
So, thanks again for understanding. We love you all the more for sticking with us and being so kind and patient with us. Although I don't want to guess at a release date, we'll be posting some sneak peeks here on our website as soon as possible and we will certainly update you on our progress. One reader made a comment that perhaps all of these misadventures kept hitting us because deep down we didn't want the series to end. Hmm??? There might be a little truth in that. Well, sorry, subsconsious, it's time to press on and finish the job! Onward.
Lots of love, Gael & Eric