One thing I have always loved from my favorite writers is a little story, or sometimes even a full-length novel, that happened before the novel or series that I fell in love with. Where did these characters come from, who are they, when and how did they become what they are? I have recently had two opportunities to do this this year for the Scimitar Seas novels with two great anthologies.
First, forthe Spells and Swashbucklers anthology, I wrote a prequel short story “Blood of The Hydra”, which delves into how the Pirate Villain “Captain Bloodwind” from the Scimitar novels came to be a pirate lord, and just how he made a pact with the vile sorceress “Hydra”. It was fun to write and something that many of my fans have asked for over the years. Edited by Val Griswold-Ford, Spells and Swashbucklers is available in print and Kindle formats right now, and the cover… Wow! Great job on that from Dragon Moon Press!
Next, I had a call from my friend Rocco, who puts on a promotional anthology for GenCon every year titled “Missing Pieces”. This is solicited from authors who are regulars of the convention, and focuses upon prequels, sequels and tidbits from their own worlds. This was a great opportunity for me to do the one thing I’ve longed to do; write a “Mouse” prequel. It was a hoot to write, and fills in a lot of gaps that were hinted at in the novels. Fans have been begging for this for a long time, and the anthology should be out for GenCon. Previous volumes are available here.
So curl up with a prequel, and find out who your hero/villain was before they were so good/bad!