The Faceless God Will Be Published in 2020

 
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E.M. deciphering the world of the Ellderet. Rob McElhenney stars as The Assistant aka Kanoqui the Feral Prince.

E.M. deciphering the world of the Ellderet. Rob McElhenney stars as The Assistant aka Kanoqui the Feral Prince.

Ever since releasing The Deadbringer in 2016, I have been thinking about its sequel and what it means, both for me and for the world of the Ellderet. As that sequel, The Faceless God, took shape following the release of the prequel novella To Nurture & Kill in 2017, it grew and changed, and went places I hadn’t expected. While I originally expected to publish this year, after a lot of thought, I’ve decided to push the release of The Faceless God to 2020.

So, will the wait be worth it? Yes! The patience that you readers have been kind enough to show me hasn’t been wasted. I’ve been using this time to further explore the world of the Ellderet and to grow professionally as an author. The time not spent typing away at the keyboard has been used exploring the many characters, their voices, and the world they live in. And those voices — each of them has their own story to tell, even the stubborn ones.

In addition, I’ve been fortunate to meet authors, artists, booksellers, and Bookstagrammers who have shared their wisdom or shown me support in one way or another. Support is a very powerful tool, and I would not be where I am if not for it. I also know more about how I work and what tools I was not aware I needed in my life. Does this mean that I believe I’m going to write the next Hugo or Stoker piece? Hahaha! No. What I do know is that The Faceless God will the best book it can be because I’m a better writer than I was a year ago, and that is what I want to give to my readers and my characters.

Still, the decision to delay the release to 2020 didn’t come naturally. I struggled a lot with this choice as the number one advice for indie authors is to publish often lest readers move on. Am I afraid that some of you will move on because I write at the speed of molasses? Yes, and I wouldn’t fault you for doing so. I mulled over the decision for longer than I probably should have, but if there is something I have always been good at, it is second-guessing myself to the point of worry.

The above being said . . .

To everyone who is waiting for the second installment of The Ellderet Series: I’m sorry. Perdóname. Know that when the The Faceless God is published, it will be the story it is supposed to be. For better or for worse, the fact of the matter is that as I grow as an author (which won’t stop until I’m vulture food), so will the world of the Ellderet. Case in point, and a bit of behind-the-scenes info about The Faceless God:

As of this post, the book will have about three-ish arcs. Once I made the choice to postpone the sequel, I went back through the first half and began revising. There was always something that, to me as the author, felt off about the way I had written a certain chapter. It was something I don’t think the reader would have ever noticed, but I did because it did not feel true to the character in question. Of all the characters in the world of the Ellderet, there is one (at the moment) who wanted to keep their secrets to themselves. Mind you, it was nothing plot-shattering, just basic everyday things. And while the way the chapter was written might have suited the character, it was not the character. So, I took hold of an idea that the original draft briefly mentioned in passing and fleshed it out. The character immediately felt at home with that change, and since then we’ve been in contact. The overall story will be the same, but what is different is how the character is shown and presented. The idea was always there, I just needed to reshape it, polish it, and tease out its heart.

So, 2020, huh? What about in the meantime . . .

 
Am I making a duck face?? Photo taken by Loren Rhoads at Bay Area Book Festival 2019.

Am I making a duck face?? Photo taken by Loren Rhoads at Bay Area Book Festival 2019.

 

In the meantime, you can check out my first ever published short story in Tales for the Camp Fire, “Leaving the #9” (all profits from the sale of this anthology will be donated to Camp Fire relief and recovery efforts). Its a diverse psychological horror story that follows Adelia, a working class cook who dreams of a better life. Her sense of reality is shaken when strange occurrences begin to disrupt her attempts to achieve her dream. It may (may) not take place in the world of the Ellderet, but the story and the characters are in the same vein.

If you’ve gotten this far, thank you. I can do what I love because of readers like you, who have given me a chance. I hope you will continue along with me and wait for a bit longer to find out what happens next in the world of the Ellderet.

Till next we meet.



E.M. Markoff is the award-winning Latinx author of stories about damaged heroes and imperfect villains. Her works include To Nurture & Kill and The Deadbringer, which Booklist described as "A fantastic action-adventure, tinged with Mexican folklore, that will appeal to fans of A Game of Thrones."