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?
Cold Comfort, the third Malone novel, will go on sale on November 28, 2017, in print and digital editions.
If you’re wondering about the next book in the series after Cold Comfort is released, Foregone Conclusion is slated for release April 17, 2018. The book is just in the early outline stage at the moment. The only thing set is the title, which incidentally comes from a line in Othello Act 3, Scene 3. The old Bard really has provided me with a wealth of title possibilities for the series.
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’ve always been a great fan of William Shakespeare. The titles of all books come from lines in Shakespearean plays. Quite coincidentally, both of the first two book titles represent lines from the play Macbeth. When I settled on the name for the third book, Cold Comfort, I was thinking of Act 4 of The Taming of the Shrew, where the phrase is found. But “cold comfort” is also found in King John. 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. We’re three books in now. At the outset, I 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 as well as his supporting cast of characters. But of course, the point is that people buy the books and find them entertaining and enjoyable to read. For now, I’ll just say that the greater the readership the series attracts, the longer its longevity. Hopefully in time Malone will become as mythical a character as Lucas Davenport, Robert B. Parker’s Spenser, and Jack Reacher.