What is Perilous Journey? It’s my new novel, coming out in fall 2018.
Fall 2018? But that’s so long from now. Well, the story takes place in 1883, so it’s even longer for the characters.
What’s the book about? It’s about a couple of young inventors’ assistants who stumble across a dastardly plot that will ruin the World’s Fair.
Can you tell us anything else about the plot? Besides it being dastardly? I suppose it’s also diabolical.
No, the plot of the book! Oh. It’s got a bunch of famous real-life historical people in it. Though they might not be depicted the way you imagine them (sort of like the fairy tale characters in the Hero’s Guide books).
Anything else? No, the plot’s a secret!
The plot in the book or the plot of the book? Both! But I’ll reveal more when I can.
THE WORST THING ABOUT SAVING THE WORLD
What is The Worst Thing About Saving the World? It’s another novel I’m working on, coming out sometime in the future. Even though it takes place in the present.
Wow, that sounds like time travel! Now you’re being silly.
But, wait! Hasn’t this book been listed on your website for, like, 57 years already? Yes, but it’s still not coming out until sometime after Perilous Journey.
How do you explain that? Time travel.
So what’s this Worst Thing book about? It’s about an average, everyday kid who saves the world and then finds it really difficult to go back to middle school and be normal.
If you’ve already written it, why do we have to wait until after Perilous Journey for it to come out? We’re not using printing presses for this one. Every copy will be individually handwritten by monks, like they did back in the Middle Ages.
That’s a joke, right? Yes.
Does the real answer have something to do with time travel? I wish! No, the real answer is that, though I finished my first draft of Worst Thing, there were still some plot holes that needed filling. And while I was stuck, thinking about how to fill them, I took a break to start work on another book idea—Perilous Journey. Except that one just kept going. Sometimes writers need to obey their brains.