I don’t have any plans to do a fifth MM book. Book four is the final offering with those characters.
Zombies have been very good to me but I need a break from the genre. I also believe that there’s just so much out there that anything I come up with, well, chances are it’s already been done in some form or other. And finally, I was chatting with a writer friend of mine the other day, and he said something that didn’t sit entirely well with me, but was entirely true, and something I very much needed to hear.
Writer buddy: “What books come to mind when you think of Keith CB as a brand?
Me: “Oh, Mountain Man. Without a doubt.”
And therein lies the problem. I’m in danger of being characterized as a one series pony, in a sub-genre of a genre. Might already be too late.
I write in SF/Fantasy/and Horror… and within Horror, my 4.5 book contribution to the zombie genre sold very well and kept me alive. Got me an audio book deal with Podium Publishing (MM4 is on sale now if you like audio books). Even a film option. That’s a lot from a story about an alcoholic survivor just getting by on his wits and fraying nerves two years into the zombie apocalypse.
MM4 was the last book I could pull out without completely being turned off from the genre. And I like reading about zombies. I just can’t write any more 450+ page books about them. At least not right now. Five or ten years from now? Maybe.
Having said that, I *might* do a story set in the same world, but thirty years after the events of MM4 and without a zombie presence (which, if you read MM4, you’ll understand why). I have the characters in mind, but no story. That’ll have to change before I write a single word. The ideas usually come to mind when I’m off doing something else, so we’ll see. If it happens, it happens, but I’m not going to force it.
Now, for the fantasy readers–The good news is that sales of “131 Days” are slowly, very slowly picking up–which is wonderful. I’m working on the fourth book of the series right now and hope to have a first draft done by month’s end. It won’t be as long as the last two books but if they sell, then I’ll get the fifth book out there.
And in amongst all that, I’m getting notes and ideas ready for a sequel to BREEDS, the werewolf book released about a year ago. BREEDS was no means a great seller, but it was a steady seller, and people have been asking if there’s a follow-up planned. There is, and I’m getting closer to tackling it. I had scheduled a stand alone horror story that takes place in a Jungle but I decided to change that for werewolves. BREEDS has the potential to remain a steady seller for me, and that’s very much needed going forward.
Plus… I want to get back to that storyline. Which is a good sign.
Everything subject to change according to inspiration, whim and fancy.
But no MM5.