NEW AUTHOR TRACKER IS OUT (Skyclan's Destiny)
Here’s a copy of the latest Author Tracker for those of you who don’t get it or are still having issues with HarperCollins.
[I CAN’T WAIT FOR SKYCLAN’S DESTINY!!!!!!!!!!!! I CAN’ CAN’T CAN’T WAIT!!!!! I’m just a little excited about this book. And it’s almost a year away. Agh!!]
October is upon us! Is your porch heaving under the weight of hollowed-out pumpkins? Do you have strange cobwebby things hanging from the trees in your front yard? Here, folks might have one little pumpkin or perhaps a cut-out of a black cat stuck to a window, but we don't have any of your fabulous 3-D outdoor displays of ghosts and witches wafting around outside.
For the Erins, work continues apace on SkyClan's Destiny, Omen of the Stars #3: Night Whispers (how much do you love that title? :) and the sixth Seekers book (we have some strong contenders for a title, but you'll have to wait and see!). It feels as if Cherith and I have been working on SkyClan's Destiny, which is next year's Super Edition to be released August 2010, forever. The truth is, some storylines spring from my imagination fully formed, and others take ages to reveal themselves. I always had a clear idea of the theme I wanted to explore in SD: a Clan that is so new, so lacking in neighboring Clans to guide them, that they have to figure out their own path, with the help of the warrior code and their long-lost ancestors. It was no problem to create a group of cats from several vastly different backgrounds, and a leader with solemn doubts about her responsibilities, and some mysterious visitors who have their own dark reasons for joining the Clan. Working out exactly what SkyClan's destiny is, and how they have to reach it, is a whole other matter! I've discarded half a dozen endings, but I think I've found one that should please everyone, as well as make sense with the rest of the story. It's been like trying to finish a jigsaw with one piece missing!
While Cherith and I wrestle with far-off Clanmates, there are plenty of good things going on for you this month. The gorgeous and shiny box sets for Power of Three and Graystripe's Manga are now on sale-did someone say "ideal gift for your favorite Clanmate"? And if you're hungry for more manga (why wouldn't you be? It's awesome!), you can pre-order the first book in Ravenpaw's Trilogy right now from your local bookstore or online. The most popular cat in ThunderClan is back! At least, that how it seems, judging by the number of you who beg me to bring him into the stories again. His Manga Trilogy whisks us back in time to when the four Clans were still in the forest. Trouble on the farm sends Ravenpaw to his former Clanmates with a desperate plea for help-but the answer turns out to lie in Barley's long-buried past.
Don't forget to pre-order your copy of Omen of the Stars #1: The Fourth Apprentice, which comes out at the end of November. I don't think any Warriors book has ever been so eagerly anticipated-which makes me nervous that it has to live up to expectations! But something tells me that you'll approve of the cat who's going to take the final place in the prophecy of the Three, and trust me, her particular power was a lot of fun to write! You'll find a sneak peek of the opening chapter on www.warriorcats.com. Have you visited our Marvellous Message Boards lately to meet other fans? And have you had a chance to download the Adventure Game and print out your character sheets and mini-mission yet? Don't worry if you don't have Clanmates right on your doorstep to share the adventure; there are groups popping up on the forums to play the game online, and I'm sure they'd all be glad of more players.
Huge Thank You Purrs to everyone who filled out the survey on behalf of the game that we're developing for the future. Literally thousands of you took time to let us know your online gaming habits, the sort of thing you'd expect from an online community, and your preferences in the design ideas for the new game. We've listened, made notes, and will hopefully deliver exactly what you want in terms of style, features and play. More news to follow at the next stage!"
Thank you, Vicky.