What’s Next in the Hollows Series?
Will there be another book in the Hollows series?
It’s a question I get a lot. And while it’s a simple answer, I’m going to explain the whole story to you about Hollowland so you can understand.
Hollowland was written as a stand-alone novel. My intention and my belief was that Remy died at the end of the novel. True story. That’s how I wrote it, that’s how I planned on leaving it. And if you want to scroll back through my older stuff, you’ll see that when I initially published Hollowland, I made no mention of sequels or it being in a series, because it wasn’t. I fully 100% wrote it as a stand alone novel.
But my mom said, “I want there to be a sequel. Write another one.” So, because my mom loved the book and she asked, I wrote another one.
Again, with the second book, I ended in such way that I felt like I didn’t have to write another book if I didn’t want to. Because this was never intended to be a series, and I don’t have a long arc for it. It was supposed to be a standalone novel. I did discuss as I was writing both books that I didn’t actually enjoy writing either of the Hollows. They’re difficult for me to write, I think, because they’re so action heavy, and because there’s only so many different ways to describe zombies/killing zombies/zombies killing people before it starts to seem really redundant.
With Hollowmen, I decided to give them a bit more of a Happily-Ever-After because I thought that would satisfy readers a bit more in case I decided not to write another a book, because after I wrote Hollowmen, I was thinking that I probably wouldn’t. I didn’t have ideas and didn’t know where the story could go.
So where does that leave a third Hollows book?
I worked on an outline for it, so I have some ideas. I think there will probably be another book, but I don’t know when. But in case I don’t, I still think the ending of Hollowmen stands up and won’t be that different in the regard that I don’t ever planning on defeating the zombies in the Hollows world. There will always be zombies, so any kind of HEA will always be relative to that.
So that’s it. There may be another book, but there may not. I say that in the same way after I finished the Trylle series, I said that there may be a spinoff series, but there may not. I don’t really know for sure what things will exist until they’ve written.
I do now ensure that I finish writing series before I send them to print, so I don’t run into issues the way I have with the My Blood Approves series. But the Hollows is different than because it was a standalone novel, and it was never outlined or intended to have an over-arching theme or a series length. The second book was literally only written because my mom asked me for it.
For those wondering, my mom has not asked for a third book. And even if she had, I don’t think it would change much. The only definitive answer I can give is that a third Hollows book would not come out until after the final MBA book.