I first began work on New World Order in September of 2012. Since that time, I have seen several self-imposed deadlines come and go. There have been periods of significant creative boost, and other periods where I wanted to throw it all in the trash and walk away. So, what exactly is going on and why is this book taking so long?
Truth be told, New World Order wasn’t my first choice when selecting my next project. The plan was to take a break after Bloodlines and channel my creativity into a new story. Believe it or not, I started writing two other books, but I didn’t get very far with either of them. I thought they were fun ideas—both of which I still intend to explore later—but in the back of my mind, ideas for the end of the Noble trilogy kept creeping toward the front of the line.
By September of 2012, Bloodlines was already five months old. Unlike the original Noble, it ended in traditional cliffhanger fashion, which I had hoped would entice readers to hang around for the finale. Little did I know that it was my own brain that couldn’t wait to see how the story would play out. This turned out to be both a blessing and a curse.
With the social media shit storm I’d endured following the release of Mass Effect 3, I felt a lot of trepidation. My fan base is not even within a stone’s throw through a mass relay of Mass Effect’s, but the experience taught me a lot about passion and expectation.
Although I was pretty happy with the majority of new ideas I’d come up with for New World Order, I found myself overthinking it and even second-guessing a lot of them. Some ideas, once high on my list, didn’t even make it into the book.
I went through my outline and put each plot point under the microscope. I had to ask myself if these kernels had potential, if they were compelling, and if they were airtight enough to not poke holes in. I tested them personally, looking for deus ex machina, damsel in distress tropes, and missing logic. When I’d reach a point where I felt content, I’d write a little bit and then start the whole process over again.
As of this writing, I am down to the final chapter. On one hand I am very excited to complete the book and get it into the hands of readers, but on the other, I’m sad to see the trilogy come to an end. These characters have meant an awful lot to over the past four years and hopefully to the reader as well.
After the dust settles, I really only have one wish: That readers will feel satisfied, and that the series received the send-off that it deserved. Even though I am saying goodbye to a series that contains more blood, sweat and tears than I ever imagined, I am excited about what the future may bring. You never know, some of these characters might even live on…