I hit publish on the first Saxton story last night. Actually, it’s the first two, but one was originally part of The Clock Man. The second (and much longer) story is called Uneasy Allies and does a couple things. I’d said I wanted to create something episodic – a kind of monster of the story, but with an overarching story line that will continue throughout the series. Uneasy Allies introduces the first monster of the series, but also gives a hint about the longer story line.
I’ve got a pretty good idea of where I want to go with it, and even have a halfway decent idea of how to get there. This whole series is an offshoot of the Henchmen series and details what Wilford Saxton is up between the events of Arise and what will be happening throughout H3nchm3n (still need a better title). He was a key player in both Henchmen and Arise, but won’t figure too heavily in the new book. However, Saxton’s actions will have ramifications, and the things he does will impact the events of H3nchm3n. Steven, Eve, Jessica, and the rest will all feel those ripples.
And this is where things get murky. The Henchmen series is written in the first person, from Steven’s point of view. While this can be a fun way to write and it allows me to really get into his head, he can’t truly understand things outside of his direct experience. I could have shoehorned some information into place, but it would have been clunky.
I don’t like clunky.
As the Saxton series continues, it will start to fold in more and more of the world of Henchmen and Arise, but it will also start to show how some of the elements of The Clock Man stories that aren’t part of the Aluna series fit into the broader narrative.
Plus, the Saxton stories are a cracking good read. You’ve got Wilford himself, who’s an interesting character in his own right, the bombastic chief of police from Cuba, New Mexico, and a bruja who will exhibit some amazing powers. Besides, how can stories about hunting monsters get boring?
So begins my attempt to see if I can leverage Kindle Unlimited into an X-Files kind of experience for readers. Hopefully it’ll be good enough to keep people interested.
Saxton: The Hunt & Uneasy Allies is available now. Each installment will come approximately every other month and all will be $0.99. All will also be available on Kindle Unlimited.
Go grab a copy. It’s the best buck you’ll spend today.