That's the one question I'm asked most by readers, and the answer is always the same: It's coming.
I like Man of Wax, The Inner Circle, and Legion a lot, and I really do want to write the third book, but the sales haven't been strong for most of the series. Which means I'll be putting a lot of time and effort into a book that, in reality, won't sell very well (the third book of a trilogy, as you can imagine, always sells the least). If the books in the series were selling like gangbusters, you can guarantee I'd already have the third book out.
But — but! — I do plan to finish the blasted thing. I just have a few more projects to work on first — projects that will ensure I still have money coming in over several months, which is rather important. Right now I'm working on a project I can't talk about, and then the plan after that is to write two new Holly Lin novels, and THEN write the third Man of Wax book. However, I'm willing to make a deal with everyone. If the books in the Man of Wax series gets to a certain level of reviews, I'll tackle the third book after the project I'm working on right now.
Currently on Amazon Man of Wax as 87 reviews, The Inner Circle has 41, and Legion has 27. I'll make the third and final book a top priority when Man of Wax hits 100 reviews on Amazon, and The Inner Circle and Legion both hit 50 reviews each. I don't know when it happened, but Amazon doesn't even require you to write that much of a review anymore — just a few words will do. And the reason for this? The more reviews a book has, the more Amazon recommends it to readers, the more those books sell.
So ... whaddya waitin' on?
Some writers fall all over themselves and do whatever they can to get mentioned on year's end best-of lists. I'm not one of those writers. Still, I was thrilled and pleased to see that Brian Keene named The Inner Circle as one of his top ten books of 2012, alongside Stephen King, Joe Lansdale, and Tom Piccirilli. Here's some of what he says:
Critics love to attach comparisons to this new generation of authors. I don’t know that such comparisons do anyone any favors, but they do alert the previous authors audience to the presence of an author whose work they might also enjoy, so it is with that in mind that I offer this: Robert Swartwood is the next F. Paul Wilson — if F. Paul Wilson’s DNA was spliced with Michael Marshall Smith. The Inner Circle is a crafty, clever, white-knuckle thriller. If you haven’t yet read Swartwood, you’re missing out.
You can read the rest of what Brian said, as well as check out the rest of the books on his list, here.