In the corrupt city of Mei Jhabo, a mysterious new thoughtenhancer has devastating effects on the consumer’s brain. Its emergence is linked to the sudden rise of one of the city’s most ruthless drug gangs. Leading the fight against it, Commissioner Celia Wallace employs the services of the famous Ayers-Ross Thoughtprotection Agency. Their mission: retrieve an undercover agent sent to infiltrate the gang and protect the information inside his mind.
After an ambush leaves him separated from his team, Alex must learn to become his own guardian first. Pushed to the limits of his ability, he comes across an enemy far more dangerous than anyone suspects and a plot that threatens the very future of the Federation.
As you might have noticed, I managed to finally publish AYERS at the end of last year, right before Christmas, after which I took a short hiatus from the world to just rest for a bit and recover mentally and emotionally.
There are many reasons why AYERS was so difficult to write but the most important one has to do with the fact that I wanted to challenge myself and my readers. You know by now that I’m not in this to “write to market” or create a huge backlist of easy-breezy novels and become – as some in the industry like to say – a “six figure author” in six weeks. I write the stories I would love to read and the one thing I love the most, whether I’m reading a book, watching a film or listening to music, is to be challenged - creatively and intellectually. And AYERS is definitely a challenging book.
Essentially, the novel is a character study. It’s a story about two people with completely different personalities facing a rather similar crisis. It’s about being pushed to the brink, to that place where your only hope to survive is to dig deep and find what makes you exceptional.
It was the most difficult challenge of my career but the good news is that it's now behind me. Just knowing that I've overcome it, that I've found solutions to problems that had seemed unsolvable gives me so much confidence and energy and makes the start of this year feel fresh and exciting. Martyrs of the Mind is going really well and I’m halfway through with outlining The Mind Discrepancy, the direct sequel to AYERS. I’ve been working hard every day in January and feeling great.
Meanwhile, I’m preparing a novelette called HUMANITY OF ONE to give away for free to my mailing list subscribers. It’s a story focused on Sheldon Ayers and it deals with the aftermath of the events described in Part Three of AYERS. I should have it finished by the end of January. So, if you haven’t yet done so you might want to subscribe to my Newsletter. In it, you can also get notified whenever I release a new book, find out about free and discounted promos, get direct access to exclusive stuff like giveaways of signed print editions, author Q&As and previews of future novels available only to Newsletter subscribers. I don’t usually send out more than one monthly e-mail and you can unsubscribe at any moment if you wish to stop receiving the Newsletter.
In other news, for those of you who are following my writing ventures outside of my books, I've recently had the pleasure of traveling to Vienna to interview one of my all-time favorite musicians, Patricia Barber. The evening before her amazing performance at the legendary Porgy & Bess, I've sat down with the accomplished composer, pianist and vocalist for an in-depth discussion about her work, her career and most recent projects, her fascination with the opera and opera singers and her general creative process. It's one of my favorite interviews and I hope you'll give it a read. If you're unfamiliar with Patricia's work, I highly recommend it. Her records are absolutely brilliant and her most recent one, Smash, is in my opinion one of the best albums of the last decade in any genre.
That being said, I hope you have enjoyed/ will enjoy AYERS and that you are interested in what comes next, namely the two-part finale to The Mind Malignancy Series, due 2017. If you’ve already read AYERS please consider leaving a review at the place of purchase. It not only helps me become a better storyteller by understanding what you liked about the books and what you didn't enjoy so much, it also helps other readers decide whether they would be interested in walking down this path with me.
Thank you and have a great start to 2017!
I’ve attached a belated holiday photo from Ioana, Jazzie and myself. The Christmas tree is going away today and I miss it already.