I've been drafting an outline for Book 3 of the Nisirtu series, and my plan is to roll back the clock to a few months before the apocalypse and introduce an additional protagonist. Her name will be "Tess," and she'll be a teen unexpectedly launched into the adult world when schools around the nation shut down to avoid the spread of Cage's Disease. In short, she gets a high school diploma as a Christmas present, with no idea what she wants to do with her life.
Over the coming months, her friends begin to migrate to college towns, not knowing that humanity is doomed, while she languishes, suffering from poor grades and self-esteem. Neither popular nor unpopular, she is effectively invisible, even to her mom. Her only love is writing, yet she's been told many times that her writing kind of, you know, sucks. And she agrees. Tess's life at eighteen years of age looks like a dead-end.
Her life consists of serving coffee at a dying coffee shop and attending to the needs of an elderly man who came to town to attend his son's funeral. His name? Ridley. And he's taken an unusual interest in Tess's stories. He playfully asks her what she would do if she could write the story of humanity. The humanity of the future. He asks her if she's ever considered writing scripts instead of stories. Not Hollywood scripts. Not exactly...
Tess soon learns that scripting is something she is very, very good at. As Ridley teaches the girl the art of the grand conspiracy, he hints of her secret fate and the unbearable weight that will soon be placed on her shoulders. She begins to weave tangled webs, scripting the last days of her small town, only to find the she and her family are caught in a web which she is unable to alter. She matches wits with her mentor in a desperate effort to escape her destiny and save the ones she loves.
My working title for this is "Scriptess."
Of course, I still need a lot more reviews of the first two books to delve too deeply into the third, but I'm optimistic that readers will get the job done. If you're a reader of the series and want to see the third book, now is THE time to leave a review. Share the series with friends or family and encourage them to leave reviews, too. Indie writers thrive on reviews, and I'm no different than the rest.
Also, if you have any thoughts on the content or direction of Book 3, send me an email. Nisirtu@gmail.com. I'm always interested in hearing from readers.
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