First, MAJOR SPOILERS will be revealed in this post. If you haven't read Old War Stories, I suggest coming back afterwards to join in the conversation. Second, I've received a few Feast or Famine questions and I'll hit those up next week. So with that out of the way, let the questions begin.
Q1 - The second story has a much more serious tone to it than the first. Why did you go in that direction?
A1 - I wanted to give Derrick a little more depth to his character. He's Death after all and yeah he's a goofy pervert, but he's also got a very serious job to do. Sometimes that job is hard and isn't something to take lightly. All and all, I was happy with a bit more character building, which will lead nicely into Feast or Famine.
Q2 - Vlad the Impaler was such a cool side story to throw in. Is there any way you might write a book about that adventure?
A2 - I won't write a book about it, but I definitely might write a short story and post it somewhere for free. That's a really good idea. I think later this year I'm going to do that, maybe like a Halloween special?
Q3 - Sabrina the witch is bad ass. Is it true you named her after a fan?
A3 - I sure did. Sabrina won a contest I held last year and she was really pleased with the character I dreamed up. If you liked her in Old War Stories, you'll love her going forward.
Q4 - Derrick's not supposed to dump Roxanne for Astrid! Roxanne kicks so much ass!
A4 - Even though this technically isn't a question, a lot of people were a bit confused. Again, this volume was about revealing Derrick's character and his lack of commitment comes into play. For him, the grass is always greener elsewhere. He saw Astrid and in her something new. Trust me, this choice will come back to haunt him later.
Q5 - Going forward, will we get to know each Horseman a little better?
A5 - If you couldn't tell, the titles reveal which Horseman will be instrumental to the story. Death obviously stole the show in round 1 and War was very important in round 2.
Q6 - HOW THE HELL COULD YOU KILL ROXANNE OFF YOU DUMB BASTARD?!?!
A6 - I got a variation of this one in quite a few emails. Listen, for celestial beings, dying isn't as permanent as it is for humans. Much like every comic book character not named Uncle Ben, these guys find a way to come back. In Roxanne's case, Michael took pity of her soul and called in a favor. What does that mean going forward? Good question. The Death Among Us universe works in mysterious ways and just about everybody is fair game...
I hope I got to your question in some way, shape, or form. I'm so surprised by the passion you guys have for the story and that's so cool. I appreciate all the questions, well wishes, and curiosity. Keep them coming as we keep moving forward with the story.
Before I go, real quick, I updated the cover for book 4. I'm much happier with it and I think you'll all like it too:
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