I’ve gotten a few questions about this, so I thought this might be a good time to explain my thought process and plans for the HIDDEN universe, and maybe shed some light on why I’m doing things the way I am.
I’ve mentioned before that HIDDEN was hugely inspired by superhero comics. Everything, from the sometimes frenetic action to the drama between characters, was informed and inspired by my love for superhero comics. I wanted to create a hero unlike anyone I’d seen before. I wanted her to be tough yet vulnerable, powerful yet completely breakable if pushed too far. I wanted her to be imperfect. I wanted her to make mistakes. Sometimes, huge ones that messed things up big time. I wanted her, like many of us, to have more questions than answers.
And we ended up with Molly, and she will, most likely, always be my favorite character from my own books.
Because HIDDEN was inspired by comic books, I always thought that, eventually, it would be expanded.
How to explain this…. if you are familiar with comic books, you know that Marvel publishes The Avengers, right? And you can follow that story and be happy. But if one series isn’t enough for you, maybe you take a look at New Avengers, and maybe Secret Avengers, and maybe you really like one particular character, so you read Captain America or Black Widow as well… and while each book has its own focus, its own primary characters, it all relates back to The Avengers. And then every once in a while, you’ll have a great big crossover event where all of the different teams and characters end up coming together when the shit is really going to hit the fan.
This has been my model for the HIDDEN universe for quite a while, and I wanted to let you guys know what my thoughts are moving forward.
So we have HIDDEN, the original series, which focused on Molly and the team that developed around her.
And then we have the upcoming HIDDEN: SOULHUNTER series, dealing with Eunomia and those who end up working with her. We’ll see some new characters, some familiar ones, and hear a bit about how things look from where Eunomia stands. This team is allied with the original HIDDEN crew, but separate.
Coming up in a few months, we’ll have the first of the HIDDEN: BLOOD BOUND series (that title is still something I’m deciding on, by the way) which is about Rayna and her family of vampires. They are the street-level muscle, and deal with a whole different set of problems from what Molly and even Eunomia deal with.
There may very well be another series about the shifter coalition in Detroit. That would be Brennan’s series.
At some point, it will all come together for a giant, crazy crossover series.
My plan for the series is that they each build on the original HIDDEN story, but (because this is me) we start seeing that things are changing in ways no one quite expected after NETHER. So you can read each series independently, and you can likely even read them if you haven’t read the original HIDDEN, because my goal is to tell a complete story in each series, but still tie them all together and raise the stakes so that it all comes back together in the end.
Heh. And this is where I pray to the writing gods that I can pull it off. 🙂
Anyway, I just wanted to let you know what was happening next. I am nowhere near finished writing in this world, and I hope you’ll come along for the ride. And those of you who have fallen in love with Copper Falls — don’t worry! Shadow Sworn is moving forward as well.
Thanks for reading!