Those of you who go way back with me will know in 2014, I released a dystopian sci-fi/magical realism tale called THE LAST SUPPER. It received a starred review in Publishers Weekly, and it seemed pretty well set to do okay. But then, it didn’t, though it wasn’t because people didn’t like the book or the publisher didn’t believe in it. Things were already in a bit of a downward spiral with the company, and so they weren’t able to give it the marketing push similar to what STRINGS received that made that book a bigger hit. Sales languished, the publisher (whom I will always treasure as some of the best folks I ever worked with) closed its doors about six months later, and TLS has been a little orphan ever since.
I toyed around with the idea of publishing it myself, but I also knew the book needed more work. In many ways, it always felt like the work of a young, new writer, because that’s precisely what it was. And by that point, I was hard at work on different types of projects that carried me further away from the indie/small press world. I also knew that the type of dissection and correction this book needed would have to come with the guidance of a publisher who felt invested in it.
Well, the intervening years have proven I’m capable of, if nothing else, completely tearing down a book and rebuilding it into something far better. Ahem. And it also just so happens that a small press I know and loved from previous anthology projects was looking to get back into the game and build up a list of novels. The perfect storm was a’brewing. They were interested in The Last Supper. And soon there was talk of turning it into a trilogy. From there, Sekhmet Press and I were off to the races.
A trilogy, you ask? How exactly is that going to work?
Well, I’m glad I (you) asked! The braintrust at SP and I both agreed that to give this book the best possible chance of success, it needed some expansion in key parts. At the very least, a sequel of sorts. It then became a much easier proposition to essentially break the first book in half and expand key areas in each half as necessary, making book three all new material that basically kicks off where the original book ended on what some might call a terribly unfair cliffhanger (so sorry). This is to say, books one and two are already essentially written. They’ll just be undergoing some major revisions and expansions. By the time we get to book three, it should hopefully be a cakewalk to wrap this thing up in a way both the story and the readers have long deserved.
Expect Book One of the Donum Dei Trilogy to drop in fall of 2020! Of course, cover reveals and all sorts of other fun things will be revealed in the coming months. Stay tuned. And as you already undoubtedly know, if you really want to stay up to date with me, you may want to follow along on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.