I’ve told you a lot about it, but I don’t think I’ve properly explained why I’ve been writing a second HATER trilogy. Is it a cynical cash in? A cheap way to drum up interest in my books again after a quiet couple of years? The answer to both those questions is a very definite ‘no’.
The new trilogy has its roots in some of the many movie-related discussions I’ve had about the books over the years. On numerous occasions, producer Ed Barratt and I have talked about TV adaptations (and we came tantalisingly close to getting that off the ground at the turn of this year but, as is so often the way, our plans unravelled at the last moment). Ed and I discussed the issues we’d face trying to translate HATER, DOG BLOOD and THEM OR US to the small screen. Part of the attraction of the books is the fact they focus exclusively on one man’s story, but the more I thought about it, the more I realised that this relatively narrow approach might present problems from a theatrical point of view.
One of the recurring themes of the series is ‘who is the bad guy?’. When the outbreak (or whatever it is) begins in HATER, the natural assumption is that the Haters are the villains. But, for various reasons, we later start to question that assumption, particularly when the extent of the actions taken by the Unchanged to keep themselves safe is revealed. It’s clear that both sides are capable of doing whatever they have to do to survive, and this comes to a head at the end of DOG BLOOD. I’ll be vague in case you’ve not yet read the books (come on, keep up!), but a pretty unspeakable act is carried out by someone. It’s particularly shocking, because that act has huge ramifications for both sides and every surviving individual, Hater and Unchanged alike.
So that got me thinking, are the Unchanged as innocent as I initially thought? Are the Haters as evil and ferocious as they appear? Do the lines ever blur? Are there weaker Haters and stronger Unchanged? How clear is the distinction between the two?
You’ve just over a week left to enter the TRUST giveaway. To be in with a chance of winning one of three copies of the limited edition hardcover or a runners-up prize of one of three copies of the paperback, you just need to Tweet or post about the book (use the hashtag #trustdavidmoody or tag me so I can pick up your entry), follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or Goodreads (or invite your friends to), sign up for my mailing list, or write a review. Full details can be found in this post.
Chapter 21 of the novel is now available to read over at www.trustdavidmoody.com. It’s the calm before the storm. Everything changes next week…
Congratulations to the following people who are the winners of last week’s AUTUMN: PURIFICATION giveaway. You should all have received a Facebook/Twitter message or email by now. As soon as you confirm your addresses, your books will be posted out.
- James Martin
- Connor Wood
- Jamie Friesen
- William Wardell
- Dave Brown
Thanks to everyone who entered! More competitions/giveaways coming soon, so please do keep following me on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads etc. and join the mailing list.
There are three sets of signed books up for grabs on Babel Clash – one copy of HATER and one AUTUMN for each winner. Simply comment on the item on the Babel Clash blog (click here) and tell me ‘What scares you the most?’. Winners will be announced on Tuesday 5th July, and this giveaway is open internationally. Good luck!