Sunday, June 3, 2012

The Trilogy Continues...

The next book in the Contagium Trilogy is called The Truth is Contagious. It will start off right where book 2 ended. It's going to be really freaking long. I know I've mentioned it before, but I'll ingeminate again that I made outlines for all three books BEFORE I started writing the books. I only made it through about 3/4 of book 2's outline before deciding to end the book early due to its long length. So, book three has to have all of its original plot plus 1/4 of the 2nd book. It's going to be 200,000 words or longer. Hopefully no one will care!

I've already written the first chapter but put it on the side to finish Reaper, book 2 in my GL series. (I put that on hold to write Beyond the Sea and then Contagious and DC...I need to get back to it lol). I start summer school tomorrow...SO dreading advanced pharmacology :( Which means, for the next 8 weeks I won't have a life. I'm really trying to get this done so I can get back to The Truth is Contagious (TTIC? haha). It will for sure be done by the end of 2012 and I'm setting a goal for myself to have it published on or before Halloween. I'd love to have a big release party for it too, with lots of giveaways and zombie-prizes. (I'm not sure what a zombie-prize is yet...maybe a take-home gummy in a box!) I do think the final book is going to be pretty epic; obviously the truth comes out... There is so much I want to include in this book. I have so many little side (or 'ghost' stories) about all the characters and I wish I could put that all in there.

I've been playing around with the idea of killing off one of the main characters (again...I know). I had originally planned to kill this person in the 3rd book but decided against it...now I'm wondering if I should. Would you guys hate me for killing off (another) MC? Is it unrealistic to expect all the MCs to make it through mostly unscathed? It is someone pretty important to Orissa.

 I don't really like killing main characters; I feel guilty when they die and I want to rewrite a happily ever after version just for me to read lol (and maybe anyone else who wants to).

Let me know how you feel on that and I will consider what everyone has to say!

28 comments:

  1. Ok, I hate it when characters I care about die. That being said, in a story like this, people die. Most people, as a matter of fact. I do love HEAs, but in this case, not sure how that could be. I will cry, though. For certain sure.

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  2. I think it's okay for the readers to get angry about something, because that means they're invested in it. What matters most is that you stay true to your story. If that means that someone has to die, so be it (unless it's Hayden ;) ).
    I agree that it seems a little unlikely that the characters get out of it unscathed. If a main character dies, it adds a little more tension to the already tense plot, and brings believability to how dangerous it really is. If EVERYONE got out okay, then I wouldn't really respect Orissa's talent for kicking ass (as much).

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  3. Omg I cant believe you are making us wait that long for the last book. I could really throw a fit right now.
    The longer the book the better. As long as it is as good as the other 2 in this trilogy then I am sure I will love it.
    Killing off main characters is tricky business. Take Rhiannon Fraters Siege for instance. She killed off one of the MC's and I bawled my freaking eyes out for a 1/4 of the book. Part of me wanted to hate her for it, but my logical half realized that this is a zombie book and people will die, even people we as readers love.
    When you say you might kill off someone Orissa cares deeply for, it scares me, but I see the necessity of this. So I say do what you gotta do. People die and we move on. Some are harder than others.

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    1. I'll write as fast as I can! Nursing school will be the death of me...or at least slow down my writing lol. I don't want to make you guys wait any longer than you have to :)

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  4. Well considering it is a zombie book and most people die in these sorta situations I say go for it...but just be aware that me (along with others) with most likely cry the rest of the book especially if its someone like Hayden...which I hope it is not. And by the way the longer the book the better. Every time that I get to the end of the books I wish that there were more to it. :)

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  5. Love and loss makes the characters evolve. Without these it makes them pretty flat. I think it is necessary to have this for us to bond with them. A reader can't help but compare with the love and loss in their own life. this cements the bond. Will Orissa ever find out what happened to aunt jenny or her grandfather?

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  6. JUST DON'T KILL HAYDEN. I'm fine with anyone else dying. I'll probably cry though. Also I can't wait to read the third book. Halloween release date sounds great but I can wait till the end of 2012. Let Kami and I know if you need us to do anything to help promote.
    Also have you ever considered doing little novellas of the side stories of the other characters. Rhiannon Frater did that with her ATWD books. Julie Kagawa has novellas of the Iron Fey series, and Rachel Vincent has some for her soul screamer series. But then again I like my books to be HUGE so I'm perfectly fine with 200,000 words.

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    1. That's a good idea! I'd love to write about crazy Dr. Cara :)

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    2. I <3 crazy Dr. Cara! But everyone already knows that. I would buy that novella in a heartbeat!!!

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  7. I think that killing a MC in any novel can go either way. If it drives the story, then, go for it!!! I know that many have said to not kill off Hayden, but I think that might make things more interesting (I know..I love him too!!). Just think if you were to kill him off, and then for Orissa to find she is pregnant with his child...who hold the key for a total cure!! To see how she would deal with this would be amazing!
    I'm sure whatever you decide to do Emily, it will be fantastic!!!

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  8. I just want to tell you that I am absolutely in love with this series. I first found Contagious on Pixel of Ink for 99 cents. I was a little concerned with how good the book was going to be, because let's face it 99 cents? Most of the time those cheap books are disappointing. Boy was I wrong!! I instantly fell in love with Orissa, she is one of the strongest female characters I have ever read about. And then you introduced Hayden? I am absolutely blown away, and struggling to wait for the next book! I am on a huge zombie kick right now and struggling to get into another book that I am reading right now. But I keep finding myself comparing her to Orissa, and no one is comparing to Orissa's excuse my language bad-ass-ness. (I love how the rest of Hayden's pals give her so much credit for how great she is.) ~Elyse

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    1. Thank you! :) Orissa is probably my fav character I've ever written. She's strong, flawed, and realistic. And I'm quite the fan of Hayden too ;)

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    2. Another thing I want to applaud you for, is doing your writing along with going to nursing school. Nursing school was such a drag and I couldn't force myself to do anything but go back and forth from school and study. But reading your books while I have some downtime at night sitting at the nurse's station has been absolute joy. I'm telling everyone about your books, and my best friend is getting ready to read them herself. Hayden is officially in my top 5 best male characters, and he's #1. :) I keep telling my friends in the event of the zombie apocalypse one of my major priorities will be finding a hot military man. ~Elyse

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  9. I have become addicted to your Contagion series and had to come here searching for when The Truth is Contagious will be coming out. And I find you are like Orissa, Superwoman, going to nursing school and writing how many books? I love Orissa and Hayden their love story, which seemed to take forever to consumate. Thank you for finally making that happen, in the middle of all the zombie gore. I have been waiting for you to kill of Hayden, dreading it and yet seeing it coming for some reason. Orissa, of course, will be pregnant, in fact I am thinking she may already be, and their baby will be fast healing and immume to zombies. Then she will have either Rider or Padraik to fall for. But I really dread separating her and Hayden, so maybe make it Emily? Or anybody else?
    Hey, good going with your nursing school.
    I would offer to edit your books. There are not many mistakes but some. Not enough to seriously interrupt the flow of reading as some do, but they could be corrected as one reads the book. Seriously.

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    1. Thank you!! Being compared to Riss is probably the best compliment I've ever gotten! :) I will def be recruiting beta readers for the next book! I'll write as fast as I can and post about getting betas when I'm done. Thank you so much again!! I'm glad you enjoy the series!!! :)

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  10. Em, I will be here, don't hurry too much, we want the best story you can write. I would love to be a beta reader. Go, Em! Go Riss!

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  11. When a main character dies, it usually is shocking! Maybe we think our heros will live forever and continue to fight the good fight. I think it is difficult for the author to kill off a main character because the book story needs to find a way to fill that void. Some authors are good at that, some not so much.

    Emily, may I say that these first 2 books in the ZA Trilogy were entertaining for me. I like how you have developed the characters...I wish the doctor were not such a wimp, but maybe I'll change my opinion after the last book.

    I realize this is not a review of your books, but I would like to suggest something. I'm not sure who your editor was for the 2 other books, but especially the 2nd book had a lot of typos and just mistakes in it. I found myself having to re-read some sentences several times before I knew what you were trying to say. These were editing mistakes. On the 3rd book are you going to use the same editor as the 2nd book. I'm just wondering.

    Best of luck with your Nursing program. When will you graduate? Maybe you could write a novel "The Nurse that wouldn't DIE"...lol...

    Looking forward to the 3rd book in this series.

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    1. I didn't have a 'real' editor...that is why there are so many mistakes lol. I do now, so *hopefully* the books will be a lot better. I'm done with school in December but plan to continue my education and get my master's in nursing. (I'm crazy, I know). And thanks!! I think the third book will change your opinion about a few characters! ;)

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  12. First, I love these books. But when I thought you killed Hayden I freaked out. I didn't want to readthe next one but decided to see what happened. To my relief he was alive. As long as you don't kill him off I think it'll be okay if you kill off another main character. But I feel likei know them by how you write them and I get super bumed when they die. I can't wait for the last one!

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    1. It's hard killing characters! Don't worry, Hayden is safe...for now ;)

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  13. I have to say- I absolutely LOVE this series. I stumbled upon it through the Amazon Kindle store- I have been trying for so long to find a series I could get lost in. It was recommended to me (apparently I read a lot of zombie apocolypse books), and I couldn't put it down. Now that's saying something for me- I have a newly crawling infant and a toddler to chase around all day, and finding to to read is about as easy as fighting off a zombie herd. I love the pace and the length of these books, and I love, love, LOVE the characters!! (And on a side note- PLEASE don't kill off Hayden!! Anyone but him. But if you do, totally understandable- sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do!)

    I came here looking to see when the final book would be released- and OMG- just to find out you're writing books and in NURSING school!?! Ok, wonderwoman- slow down so the rest of us don't seem so lazy ;) Just kidding- don't do that, I hate waiting when I'm into a good series. The length of the third book sounds fantastic! I always dread turning to the last page of a great series, so the longer it takes for that to happen, the better :) Just wanted to compliment you on a job well done with the first two books (especially while going to school!) and tell you I absolutely can't wait for the final book! I will be checking in often looking for updates :) I'm definitely a fan. Keep it up, girl!

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  14. The fun thing about reading other peoples work is to not know what is around the next corner, dont care about how long your books are. for your readers, tht just means we get to get lost in your books even longer. I enjoy the contagium trilogy, wonderful work Emily Goodwin.

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  15. I got utterly and irrevocably immersed in your Contagium series and I am a desperate to have it continue and end, so I can re-read the series. The longer the book, the better. I find you are very talented at describing day-to-day scenes and make them interesting. In fact, there's an underlying sense of tension from start to end, even when the characters are taking showers. You never know when a zombie might spring at them.

    On the other hand, the one thing that put me off was the cliffhanger/s! I personally believe cliffhangers are EVIL, EVIL, eeeeevil and I avoid them like the plaque when not all of the books are out; the first cliffhanger with Hayden was terrible. PLS do not kill him; I feel the relationship between Hayden and Orissa has developed to such a degree that it would destroy one of them if the other got killed and this may not sound very maternal, but a baby would be a poor substitute;( actually, I remember a similar end in Trudi Canavan's Black Magician and had a very emotional, negative impact. I love how they give each other a sense of security in a world gone mad. I adore the team, Raeya and Padraic and any loss would be hard, but if Hayden is killed I will go to the nearest zombie and offer it my brains so I can never think of it again.

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  16. Thankyou emily for keeping me very busy over the christmas holidays! !
    I Love the Deathly contagium series :)
    I love a good zombie story and had really started running out of them, then i stummbeled upon your books, love the fact that Orissa is such a strong female lead there arnt enough of them in GOOD, well written with a fresh story line,zombie stories,
    Which leads me to ask when is book 3 out? ? I really cant wait to read it, iv gotta know what happens next, and poor Hayden left on a cliff hanger like that, poor guy must be going out of his mind waiting to find out whats happened to Orissa (sorry lol cant help myself! !)

    I would be devistated if any of the mc's died but that just goes to show how well written the books are, but as someone above said in reality one or more of the mc's would die :( perhaps you could just kill off Lauren! !

    Thanks again, keep up the good work, hopesummer school wasnt too bad,
    take care
    Lisa x

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  17. Do not kill Hayden!!! Anyone else can killed but i'll die a little on the inside if he dies (haha i'm so dramatic but it is true)!!!!

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  18. Any news when the 3rd book is coming out, Emily?

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  19. Where can I buy "the truth is contagious" ? Can't find it on kindle

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