As a self-published author, I set a rather ambitious publishing schedule for 2021. Six novels total.
This weekend will see the publication of the 3rd novel in my Forgotten Fodder sci-fi series. One more to go for this plot, coming in November.
In October, I will be publishing the 4th novel in my Void Incursion sci-fi series. The series will be concluded with the 5th novel, which I’ll be publishing in 2022.
These sci-fi projects have been exciting on lots of levels. And I thought, hey, let me break them down and share them, as well as some insight into my planning, plotting, and overall writing/creation process.
Thus, without further ado:
The Forgotten Fodder series
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…
No, scratch that. Sorry. Way back in 1977, I saw Star Wars ( Episode IV: A New Hope) for the first time. When Obi-Wan tells Luke that he and his father had fought in the Clone Wars, I had this notion in my head of what that would look like: Two sides employing clones for combat with Jedi and their opposites in command.
Of course, years later, George Lucas shared this in the prequels — and it turned out to be clones versus droids.
Years later, watching the Clone Wars cartoon series, my mind again revisited my original thought on what the Clone Wars would look like. But then, I thought — what if both sides DID have clones — and when the war ended, they were discarded and left without anything to do?
That led to plotting out what would evolve into Forgotten Fodder. A sci-fi series that takes place 550 years in the future, across colonies humankind has moved out to, following a 20-year-long war fought by clones.
There were 12–14 “templates” used to make the clones, representing infantry, cavalry, pilots, medics, and so forth. The majority were the infantry — and at the end of the war, tens of thousands of clones remained.
Ten years later, clones live in slums outside cities where they fought, or in tenements along city outskirts. Jace Rojas, the main…