So I've been on and off (mostly off) social media lately for a whole host of reasons, but I've been getting this question a little more often lately and I thought maybe I should actually put in on the blog, instead of just answering it on Twitter and Tumblr. This is mostly taken from my last Tumblr post on the subject, which you can find here.
Will there be a third Bhinian Empire book?
The answer to that, sadly, is...I don't know. Currently, I'm not able to continue the series.
See, I am what is called a “midlist author,” which is sort of a blanket term for anyone who isn’t a bestseller. A lot of midlist authors do quite well and get to write in their worlds for a long time. Currently that’s not what’s happening for me. I love my books and I love my readers but I simply don’t have enough sales numbers to sell a third Bhinian Empire book.
I have ideas for a third book in my head, one that goes into what happens to Nisha next, what happened to her parents, and what’s going on in the Empire. There are ideas for future books beyond that. But--and here's the hard part--it’s all still in my head.
If I had the book written already, or if I was a faster writer, or if I didn’t have other projects I was working on, I would definitly consider putting out the third book myself. And maybe someday that will happen, who knows.
But I am not a fast writer. And I do have other projects I’m excited about and believe in, and those projects need my attention right now. So as much as I love Nisha and her world, I have to set it aside indefinitely.
Does that make me sad? Absolutely. But I tried hard to make both books as complete and satisfying as possible, so even though I know there are a few threads that still need to be picked up, I hope people can enjoy the books as they stand. And maybe one day the third book will stop being just vague ideas and I will write it and get it to you somehow.
Everyone who has reached out ot me and expressed your love and support for the Bhinian Empire books, you are amazing. You make me smile, you make me want to be a better writer, and you make this whole journey incredibly worth it. I’m intensely grateful for that and I will absolutely continue writing, even if it’s not in this particular world.