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The Unexpected Book

(Crossposted from Jennifer Brozek)

A couple years back, Jason Schmetzer, the fiction editor for battlecorps.com, asked me if I wrote stories about “big stompy ’Mechs.” My answer was an unhesitating “No.” Jason, not to be denied, asked me if I could crash a big stompy ’Mech and then write him a story. I thought about it and said that I thought I could… if I could think of the right story.

It took two years and some back and forth between me and Jason to hammer out the idea for The Nellus Academy Incident – a YA Battletech webserial about 8 cadets and a General in a PR event gone horribly, horribly wrong. I figured it would be about 25 episodes of about 2000 words each and was designed to go up on a weekly basis. That’s not exactly what happened but, in the end, the webserial was 25 episodes and almost 60,000 words.

I was surprised and delighted beyond words when Jason told me that The Nellus Academy Incident was going to be packaged up as a novel for general sale. This wasn’t my intent when I wrote the serial but, wow, it looked like I had written a YA novel without planning on it.

Yesterday, I got the cover. The book will come out towards the end of January. Isn’t it pretty?



As a side note, I do know what I’d write for a sequel if Jason asked for another serial for battlecorps.com.


 

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jennifer_brozek
Jan. 8th, 2014 12:50 am (UTC)
I have to warn you, there's a pretty high body count, including the cadets. Not all of them make it home. You may want to read it first, just to be sure.
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jennifer_brozek
Jan. 8th, 2014 01:47 am (UTC)
Not as bad as the Hunger Games, on premise, but a couple of the kids are killed on screen. But, over-all, it is kid friendly. Especially with parents who talk to their kids.
strixluna
Jan. 8th, 2014 01:28 am (UTC)
Ooooh, fantastic. I'll get it for me. And I may have the boys read it if it seems like they won't freak out (likely, they won't; they handle death in books pretty well because of that whole knowing what is real and what is fantasy thing). :D
jennifer_brozek
Jan. 8th, 2014 01:48 am (UTC)
I think your boys will like it a lot. But I'm glad you'll read it first, just to be sure. It is from a military brat's perspective and we grow up fast.
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jennifer_brozek
Jan. 8th, 2014 08:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you much!
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