I finished the first draft of Attainment, Book 7 of Warners World, a week ago. Attainment marks the end of this Warner's World series. I'm deliberately going to wait some time before I go back over it. I want to get a bit of distance both in terms of time and mental focus before I review it.
So I took the opportunity to revise The Awakening, Book 1. There were a number of comments made about the book that I have taken to heart and thought I could readily address. One commentator thought there was too much superfluous reference to the characters using their full name. So I have edited out a lot of these. Now the full name is used when the character is first introduced. Thereafter they are referred to by their first name unless in dialog where they would be referred to by their surname.
Of more significance were the comments about the romances and in particular what some viewed as a lack of sufficient character development. On reflection I agree with this. It was after all my first book and the one thing by far that I have improved over the course of the series is the character development. So I have reworked and fleshed out the development of the three romances in the book. The book's plot doesn't change but I believe most will now find the romances develop with more meat on the bone.
I've finished the changes and worked up a version 2 but 'm going to let this sit for a bit too before I update the book on sale. Hopefully I should wrap this up by the end of the month.
So what now after Attainment? I have a number of ideas floating around. But the one that has captured my interest is a new book called Hope that will be set in Warner's World but after the rogan war. It will centre on one of the characters introduced in Resilience, Book 6. I'm not going to disclose who that will be just yet to avoid a spoiler alert. In fact several characters from the current series will make an appearance in Hope. It will also centre on a colony ship called the New Hope. There will be plenty of political and commercial intrigue liberally laced with action and romance. I want to explore the theme of hope; how different people need, use, manipulate, provide and strive for it.
I welcome your feedback on my writing and in fact on any aspect of the series. If you have any suggestions on topics you'd like covered, please let me know.
Dave O'Connor is an award winning designer of computer war games, a consultant to the military in the simulation space, an expert in artificial intelligence and now author of the Warner's World series of sci-fi books. He is probably best known as President of Panther Games and designer of the Command Ops computer wargame series. He lives in Canberra, Australia, with his wife Joy. He has two adult children.
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