FLUENCY has been out for about a month now. The response to this little scifi novel has been simply astonishing.
And for the most part I’ve just been speechless at the warm reception it has received. I’m grateful for the support the novel has gotten from scifi readers around the world. Questions are pouring into my inbox, so I decided I would take a moment to address them.
First and foremost on readers' minds seems to be: Is FLUENCY the first in a series? Will there be a sequel? When will that sequel be available?
FLUENCY is the first novel in what I’m tentatively calling THE CONFLUENCE SERIES. I have plans for at least 2 more books, possibly 3, in this series. So, yes, rest assured that Jane Holloway, Alan Bergen, and Ei’Brai will be back, searching for clues about who caused the genocide of the crew of the Speroancora as well as coming up against the Swarm. The next book in this series will be called CONFLUENCE and will describe Ei’Brai’s homecoming to Sectilia with Jane and Berg.
When will this novel be ready to read? That’s hard to say, because right now it’s just an outline. The actual writing hasn’t begun. My best guess is that it will be at least a year, perhaps 18 months, before I can get that book to market. It needs the time to be written, revised, edited and proofread. You’d be surprised at just how time consuming that can be.
Additionally, I have to finish that process on another book that is approximately forty percent written. DRUID is set in the same universe as FLUENCY, but with a different cast of characters and all new challenges. DRUID is a contemporary superhero origin story, centering on a young woman named Darcy Eberhardt, whose life is transformed by two unrelated but devastating coincidences, which unmask a secret she was unaware was dwelling within her.
Furthermore, I have a few other smaller projects cooking along. For example, my local SFF writing group, Working Title, is in the beginning stages of writing an episodic storyline that will be a series of short stories/novellas/novelettes, narratively functioning very much like a season of a television show. We are having “writers rooms” every Friday night and pitching ideas to our Showrunner: fellow blogger/SFF writer Brandon Stenger (Twitter: @BStenger Web: Typing As Fast As I Can. Soon we’ll be coming up with story arcs, character arcs, and then assigning episodes. As this project goes live, I’ll keep you well informed via this blog and social media (so follow me on Twitter, Facebook, G+--or sign up for email alerts now!). This project will demonstrate how talented the group I work with really is and I can't wait to dig my imagination into it.
Keep in mind that I’m a stay at home mom with laundry to do, dishes to wash, and toilets to scrub. My kids need me to watch over them. Summertime disrupts my writing schedule because they aren’t in school and need to be ferried around to various classes, camps, appointments and playdates. So, I’m always busy, busy, busy. I work from morning til bedtime every day. I push myself hard. I want to read the stories evolving in my head too!
Other things in the works include an audiobook for FLUENCY. I recently hired the lovely and talented Susanna Burney (IMDb: Susanna Burney Twitter: @susburney) to narrate the book. She started work today and in a couple of months it will be uploaded to Amazon, Audible, and iTunes. I can’t wait to hear her bring the story to life.
These are exciting times to be a writer!
Thank you so much for your continued interest and support. These last few weeks have been among the best of my life and made the last two years of hard work worthwhile. I'll try to be a better blogger from here on out, I promise.
Almost impossible to put the Kindle down. Finished read in about 12 hours. Great read. Had to take a time out to go see BOSTON PERFORM in Phoenix. The show and your story blew me away! I can't wait to get your follow up.Jane is a great character, the female who makes understandable, the complex relationship between Human and Alien thought processes.
8/3/2014 09:27:08 am
Jennifer - great beginning on this book. Read it over the weekend. I don't read too many female sci-fi authors. I have been held captive many times by female lead characters. I love David Weber and the "Honor" series. Your linguist reminds me of her. She is admirable and strong yet I sense you bring a different "voice" to her character, a woman's idea of what a strong woman should be rather than a man's.
8/14/2014 05:03:02 am
Jennifer, I really enjoyed this book. I couldn't put it down and read it over the course of a few days. I was reminded a little of of the character of "Pilot" in "Farscape", as well as some elements of "Rendezvous with Rama".
8/15/2014 03:34:48 am
Jennifer, I liked the book quite a lot, and can't wait for the sequel.
8/15/2014 03:35:56 am
Oh, forgot to give you a way to get in touch if you feel like it:
8/18/2014 12:59:49 pm
Great news! I google searched just to find out if there would be an audiobook version of this book and was led to your blog. Can't wait! Glad it will only be a few months!
8/24/2014 01:59:14 am
Great book. Please let me know when the next book comes out. Good luck and take your time!
8/24/2014 06:45:43 pm
Amazing book. Your female perspective sci-fi is fresh and amazing. Don't stop, please share your gift with humanity, your legacy awaits. Feel free to visit our makerspace with your family if you ever visit maui. Mauimakers.com
9/2/2014 12:40:20 pm
Congratulations on your first book? Thoroughly enjoyed it. Is there a email list I can join to be informed when you release new books?
9/2/2014 12:41:17 pm
arg forgot to give you my email
10/12/2014 01:42:32 am
Excellent read! I didn't realize how new it was, and was disappointed that there was no sequel to pick up directly. Looking forward to when the next one comes out.
Orlando B Jeans
12/20/2014 12:09:43 am
I loved this reading and was disappointed thathat book two was not available but after reading about you I can now wait with more patience.
12/29/2014 02:04:51 am
I got the book on amazon some time ago and couldnt afford the time to finish it untill now, it took me a lot to finish it because english isn't my mother language, however the story is so gripping that a weekend was enough to go through it.
12/29/2014 02:53:12 am
1/27/2015 02:08:17 am
I thoroughly enjoyed Fluency, great Job!! I was so disappointed to see the follow-up wasn't out yet :( But, all good thing come to he who waits - just don't make me wait too long! :P
1/27/2015 03:42:50 am
I'm planning on a June release of the sequel! Stay tuned!
6/8/2015 11:53:56 am
Congrats on a sure fire hit!
6/11/2015 05:28:48 pm
6/18/2015 06:06:29 pm
It is a rare treat to discover a writer, especially a science-fiction writer, of your caliber. Character development that makes me care, page-turning action, unpredictable (mostly) plot twists - I am eagerly waiting for more. I would pre-order your next work if I could!
10/4/2015 06:00:48 am
I'm listening to fluency right now and loving it! You have a great talent for bringing the alien cultures to life. I'm very impressed. Keep it up and I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
1/30/2021 12:44:42 am
Appreeciate you blogging this
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Jennifer Foehner Wells
I'm an author of the Space Opera variety.
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