happy Questland day!

June 22, 2021

QUESTLAND is out today! Finally! It feels like this one took a really long time to get to this point.

How long, you ask? Well.

I’ve mentioned in a couple of interviews that I’ve been thinking of this story for a very long time, and had an early novella version that I ended up trunking. And how weirdly enough, the story is much more topical and relevant than it ever was before, what with the mainstreaming of geek culture and the rise of the eccentric tech billionaire and so on, so it’s probably good it’s coming out now rather than then.

I got curious, so I dug into my archives to figure out just how long I’ve had this idea, and how long I’ve been working on it. Drum roll, please:

March 2003.

That’s the date of the file that has Addie as the main character, working with ex-special forces mercenaries to infiltrate a fantasy island. The story changed a lot in the interim, as most stories do. But the opening scene of that file is in QUESTLAND, rewritten at the prose level but pretty much the same in terms of plot.

Eighteen years. No wonder it doesn’t quite feel real, that this story is finally out in the wild.


6 Responses to “happy Questland day!”

  1. Howard Brazee Says:

    The Title that Amazon has (which stayed in Calibre) is—Questland: Author of the Philip K. Dick Award-winning Bannerless—

  2. carriev Says:

    And I have been trying to get them to change that for literally eight months…

  3. Michelle Garcia Says:

    Just finished Questland- wonderful.
    You have such a unique voice.
    Thank you for this gift
    Be well.

  4. carriev Says:

    Thank you for reading!

  5. pete Says:

    About halfway through with Questland. I’m really enjoying it. I may actually end up liking this one more than my previous favorite of yours, the one about the chess players. Thanks for writing it!

  6. howardbrazee Says:

    I’m expecting it won’t be #1 for me. But I am enjoying it.

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