Thoughts, insights and other stuff. Lory Kaufman, post-dystopian young adult author.
The Verona Trilogy is now complete.
And there are new book cover designs too.
“For those readers who have already hopped from book one of The Verona Trilogy (The Lens and the Looker) to book two (The Bronze and Brimstone) and have been asking anxiously when they’d be able to find out how the series finishes, I’m pleased to announce your wait has almost ended,” says author Lory Kaufman.
“The Loved and the Lost, the final book, is now completed, and will be available this coming February 5th. I’m really excited about how the trilogy came out,” Lory goes on to say. “First, I’m so pleased that people of all ages are enjoying it. I’ve received good comments from teens, young adults, and about half the readers are adults. And I was really thrilled to see was how people jumped right from LENS to BRONZE, and many people sent emails asking when the last book of the trilogy was coming out.”
Lou Aronica, the publisher and well-known editor to so many science fiction greats over the years, says he’s not surprised by this. “Lory’s books are very fast reads. His prose is clean and accessible. That’s not to say that the stories, characters and concepts within the novels are simple. Underneath the surface are layers of social and philosophical ideas, which is true in so much good science fiction. Still, you’re going to get more action and drama in one of his books than you will in three of most novels.”
So much work went into the world-building for the series that the author decided to share some of it with his readers. At the end of this last novel, The Loved and the Lost, there is a bonus section appropriately called BACK STORY, giving readers an insight into what a writer has to create in his mind before he can write a speculative fiction story. It’s expected that after people read this, they might be tempted to read the whole series again, and will see even more layers to the story than before.
As well, after page 85 of The Lens and the Looker, our 24th-century protagonists spend most of the first two books in 14th-century Verona. Lory has been highly praised by readers for the way he wove what was obviously a massive amount of research on this era so effortlessly into the story.
“But still I saw a lot of comments from readers saying they wanted to know more about my 24th-century,” Lory added. “My answer is, The Loved in the Lost spends about a third of the novel in the future and there’s a lot of description of it. Hopefully this will satisfy.
As well, the characters, Hansum, Shamira and Lincoln, really keep maturing, and all three fall in . . . nope. I can’t say any more. That would be considered a spoiler.”
I’ve received comments from many readers who’ve enjoyed The Verona Trilogy, but some have asked to see more of what’s happening in my version of the 24th century. Here’s an email I received from one fan and my response.
Message from Madeline to Lory Kaufman at the History Camp website:
Hi! I loved your first book, The Lens and the Looker, and can’t wait to read the rest. I just want to suggest a topic for a different book or series. I would love to learn more about your version of 24th century earth, so could you maybe write something that goes more in-depth as to how humans live then?
Here’s my reply:
Thank you so much for your email.
Regarding your suggestion of showing more of the 24th century in another book, that is what happens in the third book of The Verona Trilogy, The Loved and the Lost. I would say a good third of the book takes place in the future. LOVED will be available early Fall, 2012.
After The Verona Trilogy, I have other History Camp adventures planned, (hopefully many) so over time you will get a good glimpse of how I see the future. I will look forward to readers feedback about that.
As well, since I had to build a 24th century world to base my History Camp stories on, I decided to include some of what I’m calling the BACK STORY on my History Camp website. This is where I explain how and why I constructed the future the way I did. (CLICK TAB ABOVE)
Interested readers may find that when they read or re-read my stories, this may give them some extra insight into the lives of the characters, although it is not imperative they do so to enjoy the adventure. It’s like reading about a city and some of its history before you go visit it on vacation. It improves the experience. And isn’t reading truly an enriching vacation?
The other thing I would like readers to appreciate about the series is it’s just not a series for teens. When we first meet our protagonists, they are young and immature, so a reader could be forgiven if they thought the series is written specifically for teens. Nothing could be further from the truth. My aim is to write books that are accessible to readers from 13 to 113.
Stay tuned and thanks again for your email.