This is where I attempt to answer some of the most common questions prospective readers might have. If you have a question not answered here, please contact me and I’ll do my best to answer it.
The next Malone novel—what, when, where?
Come What May, the debut Malone novel, will go on sale at Amazon on November 25, 2016, in trade paperback and digital editions.
If you’re wondering about the next book in the series after Come What May is released, Fair Is Foul and Foul Is Fair is slated for release April 25, 2017. The first chapter of the second book will be included at the end of Come What May as bonus material.
Why name the character Malone and what kind of name is it?
From the start, I envisioned Malone as being of Irish heritage and the name reflects that. As explained at Ancestry.com, Malone is an “Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Maoil Eoin ‘descendant of the devotee of (Saint) John’. This is the name of an ecclesiastical family at Clonmacnoise. MacLysaght states that this surname is now numerous in County Clare where it is pronounced Maloon and is probably really Muldoon.”
Malone is pronounced the way it looks, but I have already noticed some people seem to want to accent the e at the end pronouncing it like “Maloney.” That’s incorrect. The “e” is silent and serves only to make the vowel preceding it (the o) a long sounding vowel.
The titles are a little unusual—how do you come up with them?
I happen to be a fan of William Shakespeare. The title of both the first and second books come from lines in Shakespearean plays. Quite coincidentally, both of the first two book titles represent lines from the play Macbeth. I chose this method of titling the books as a small unifying theme for the series and using lines from Shakespeare as titles in the Malone novels will continue over the life of the series.
How many books will the series have?
That’s not really knowable at this point. At the outset, I’ve made a long-term commitment to the Malone series. However, I will continually reevaluate as time goes on. I really enjoy writing these books and I’m very happy with the character Malone. But of course, the point is that people find the books enjoyable to read. For now, I’ll just say that the greater the readership the series attracts, the longer its longevity.