A couple of months ago my local library was having Kelley Armstrong come in to talk about her new books, do a Q&A session, and sign a lot of books! I took notes (nerd that I am) and have created this six part series in order to share what I learned with you. This is a continuation of the Questions and Answer segment where all of us fangirls pestered Kelley Armstrong about all the things we wanted to know.
Even though this event was supposed to introduce KA’s new Cainsville series, I think there was only one question about it. The girl was asking if there was any tie-in to KA’s other books in this new series (considering you could really see a connection between the Otherworld series with the Darkest Powers and Darkness Rising trilogies). She said yes and no; there were fun mentions that had absolutely no significance that would give her old readers an “in joke” but not affect the story. Things like a character having a name pulled from two from another book, etc.
KA was asked if any of her main characters were like her, and she said that all of her main characters had something in common that acted as a conduit for her to latch on to. Elena, the werewolf in Bitten, was of a similar age and grew up in Ontario. From The Summoning, Chloe’s last name is the same as KA’s high school, and she also has a stutter. Chloe’s friend Simon has juvenile diabetes like KA’s son (though the two boys are not similar in any other way).
That’s when I really lucked out and was chosen to ask my question…
See, I had gone to Word on the Street whenever I could while living in Toronto, and just around the time that The Gathering came out KA said that she was signed on to do third trilogy of this YA world. But during her talk she had mentioned that she wrapped up all her old series and needed to start something new. I was expecting and looking forward to three more books, and just had to know what KA meant. Did she already write them and they were awaiting publication or did they get canceled or what exactly?
When asked, KA said that it was true, but there was one small problem… She had planned from the start that the second trilogy, Darkest Powers, would focus on a second project, and had intended to do a third either the two groups meeting up or perhaps be about a third project.
Except when the second trilogy came out there was an uproar by some of the readers (more specifically American teens rather than older readers or Canadians) who were unhappy with the new project and new main characters, and refused to read her books until KA brought back Chloe.
After discussing it with the publisher, they agreed to hold off on the third trilogy and for KA to focus on something new. While she could have done some random adventures of either of the groups, KA didn’t really want to as she would much rather be able to write a cohesive trilogy. Now she is going to wait for the characters of that series to get a little more mature (and maybe older?) before possibly going back to them.
However, KA did tell us that she will have a novella around Chloe that will be posted on her website as she writes it sometime next year. It will stay up for a couple of months before being taken down, edited, and formatted for sales. So keep an eye out for it and other works on her website to get ‘em not only in advance but for free!