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What’s Next in the Hollows Series?

January 3rd, 2013 by
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Will there be another book in the Hollows series?

It’s a question I get a lot. And while it’s a simple answer, I’m going to explain the whole story to you about Hollowland so you can understand.

Hollowland was written as a stand-alone novel. My intention and my belief was that Remy died at the end of the novel. True story. That’s how I wrote it, that’s how I planned on leaving it. And if you want to scroll back through my older stuff, you’ll see that when I initially published Hollowland, I made no mention of sequels or it being in a series, because it wasn’t. I fully 100% wrote it as a stand alone novel.

But my mom said, “I want there to be a sequel. Write another one.” So, because my mom loved the book and she asked, I wrote another one.

Again, with the second book, I ended in such way that I felt like I didn’t have to write another book if I didn’t want to. Because this was never intended to be a series, and I don’t have a long arc for it. It was supposed to be a standalone novel. I did discuss as I was writing both books that I didn’t actually enjoy writing either of the Hollows. They’re difficult for me to write, I think, because they’re so action heavy, and because there’s only so many different ways to describe zombies/killing zombies/zombies killing people before it starts to seem really redundant.

With Hollowmen, I decided to give them a bit more of a Happily-Ever-After because I thought that would satisfy readers a bit more in case I decided not to write another a book, because after I wrote Hollowmen, I was thinking that I probably wouldn’t. I didn’t have ideas and didn’t know where the story could go.

So where does that leave a third Hollows book?

I worked on an outline for it at one point, but it felt redundent, so at this time, I saw there probably won’t be a third book.  But I still think the ending of Hollowmen stands up and won’t be that different in the regard that I don’t ever planning on defeating the zombies in the Hollows world. There will always be zombies, so any kind of HEA will always be relative to that.

So that’s it. There may be another book, but there probably won’t be.  For all intents and purposes, the Hollows is finished as a series.

For those wondering, my mom has not asked for a third book. And even if she had, I don’t think it would change much. The only definitive answer I can give is that I have no plans for a third book at any time in the near future.

  • Cassie says:

    Wow. That’s so awesome that you wrote the second book for your mother! I absolutely looooved the way the second book ended. I honestly don’t think the story calls for a trilogy; however, I would still read it if it is every written! 🙂