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Some of you may have noticed that Gap Year was supposed to released on 22 January. Due to some last minute rewriting, I ended up deciding it would be best for the series to create another book as well. In rebranding Walden School books to begin with a prequel of a short 35,000 word book, it's a fantastic way for me to introduce you to a new world. Thus far, my readers only have Waldorf Manor and The Protagonist, but WM is the only full world you've been able to step into. Walden School will be similar in that the whole system of what I've built into the books will present another unique realm of characters and setting. Walden, the prequel explores the key characters and issues pertaining to them. The most important thing for me as an author is to lay the foundation for what is to come. I don't write so that you can know everything immediately. How could I? The characters have pasts and you step into their present. In a series, they also have a future. Everything must evolve until the partitioned story within that book is satisfied and then at the end of a multi-book series, the big picture is also satisfied. I've come to see that writing a series is both addicting and very much my style. It really allows me to unpack every character as they become more and more alive. I know that they become real to you, too, because you tell me.
I'm really excited to share the Walden School series with you because readers of Waldorf will love it, but it's distinct in its own right. It isn't Waldorf - so please remember that - but it carries the same tone and indulgence of weighty circumstances that caused people to feel part of Waldorf. What is more, the Walden School series is extremely personal to me for many reasons. Those who are close to me will know instantly where I am in the story whilst remembering that this is fiction. The prequel will have some moments and characters that I already know will be disliked but that's okay. I don't want you to like everyone. I don't want every hero or male authority figure in my books to be at the level he should be at when the book finishes. Where is the growth? The redemption? The reality? And in my books as the saying goes, no perfect characters allowed. Even in fiction I know readers expect a degree of realism. They want to believe the world could exist or that it lives on in their mind. That's escapism. Be prepared to be challenged. I don't write light and fluffy smacky bottoms books, darlings. You know that.
what's after the prequel?
What comes after the prequel is Gap Year, which is what would have been the start of the series with an 80,000 word book. There was too much to accomplish and really, I wanted to present a new series to readers by offering a taste of it without shoving it down your throats and unloading so much information at once. I wanted to present the new series and whet your appetite and then Gap Year will be the lengthy continuation. Let's not forget that Waldorf Manor book 6 is also to come!
Following on from GY will be Sam's Silence, but that isn't where it ends. I have thoughts and ideas moving all the way from Sam's boarding school days into her adulthood. This promises to be a series that will have several lengthy books that you will be able to immerse yourself into. Lovers of school discipline stories will definitely want to check it out.
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