We’re past the halfway point on my sale to make 2017 great. And this week we’re going to focus on my first ever sequel, the glorious Rise of the Fat Mogul, on sale right now for 99 cents!
When going in to writing my first sequel, I felt quite a lot of pressure to get it right. It’s one thing to right the first book in a series, where no one really has any expectations about what’s going to happen, but when you’ve already developed a tone and a world and characters that people love, you have to remain true to them while also making sure to take the new story in an entirely new direction. People want more of the same, but with new twists, things that make them see things from entirely different lights.
And, if I may be so bold, I’d like to say that Rise of the Fat Mogul does this quite overwhelmingly.
If you’ve read the book, you’ll know that by the end of it, things are completely different than they appeared at the beginning. People have died, other people have been resurrected, and honestly, there’s a lot more questions about what all has been going on over the course of the two books than you started with.
Which is entirely the point of this book, to introduce the grander story of the whole saga. The first book, serving as an introduction to everything, had a lot to do already, and could really only take the time to hint at the grander scheme, but once we got into book two, we’re able to spend a bit more time developing some of those side stories. Stories which I can’t wait to spend more time on to get into future books, as I’ve talked about already during this reflective sale.
But for now, I just want to note that if you want to get a good glimpse of where the Buddy Hero saga is going, there’s no better place to look than at the very end of Rise of the Fat Mogul, where the day is won, but…well…is it?
One of the hardest things about tackling this book is to introduce the much more sinister and serious parts of the series while still keeping to the lighthearted tone of the original. While I never really considered the series to be a comedy when I was putting it together, the rather tongue-in-cheek narration makes it necessary for these characters to find themselves in rather outrageous situations, like, for instance, the moment in Rise of the Fat Mogul where The New Defenders go to a comic book convention and have a battle right there on the convention floor.
Balancing the action with the goofiness of having the convention attendees being completely unaware of whether this was a part of the event or something they should be running from was a delicate act, which I hope plays off nicely for the reader.
Of course, one of my favorite pieces in the whole book is the first moment in the book where we get to see Buddy Hero in his superhero garb…which just so happens to involve a port-a-john.
When re-reading this book recently, I found myself being amused time and again by the little pieces I threw into the novel, things that won’t truly make sense for another book or two down the line, but things that I really can’t wait to give the payoff for.
So, that being said, this week is all about the Rise of the Fat Mogul…and I can’t wait to talk more about how this book developed and where it really takes the story next.