First Books VS Second Books by Lee French and Erik Kort (#HarbingerTour)

The differences between writing a second book than the first

With the first book, we spent a lot of time initially working on the setting, the characters, and the basic arc of the major points of the series. Chavali's powers and abilities had to be defined and mapped for growth, and we had to construct her clan and make hard decisions about who got to live and who had to die.

For the second book, we already had the basics and prodded the setting for more details. Chavali naturally flowed - and continues to as we work on the third book (expected to be available in April of 2015). The hardest part turned out to be making sure we didn't contradict details mentioned in the first book.

Several times, I had to flip through my copy of The Fallen to check where this character came from, or how that character was described, and that sort of thing. This task will only get more onerous as the series goes on; it's hard to foresee which details will matter for note-taking!

We consider The Fallen to be an origin story, a foundation for understanding everything that happens after it. Harbinger, on the other hand, is a piece of a puzzle laid over that foundation. The books yet to come will continue to reveal the picture, bit by bit. Along the way, Chavali will in power and mature. Don't worry, though, she'll always be cranky.


About the Authors

Lee French lives in Olympia, WA with two kids, two bicycles, and too much stuff. She is an avid gamer and active member of the Myth-Weavers online RPG community, where she is known for her fondness for Angry Ninja Squirrels of Doom. In addition to spending much time there, she also trains year-round for the one-week of glorious madness that is RAGBRAI, has a nice flower garden with one dragon and absolutely no lawn gnomes, and tries in vain every year to grow vegetables that don't get devoured by neighborhood wildlife.

Erik Kort abides in the glorious Pacific Northwest, otherwise known as Mirkwood-Without-The-Giant-Spiders. Though the spiders often grow too numerous for his comfort. He is defended from all eight-legged threats by his brave and overly tolerant wife, and is mocked by his obligatory writer’s cat. When not writing, Erik comforts the elderly, guides youths through vast wildernesses, and smuggles more books into his library of increasingly alarming size.


About the Book

Title: Harbinger
Series: The Greatest Sin #2
Author: Lee French and Erik Kort
Publication Date: October 2014
Genre: Fantasy

Adjusting to her new life as a soul-bound agent of the Fallen has Chavali pushing herself harder than ever before. Between learning to fight, dealing with idiots, and climbing stairs - lots of stairs - she has little time to waste on thoughts of the future. Or the past.

When another agent fails to report in, Chavali is sent on the mission to discover her fate. Ready or not, she saddles up for a new adventure with new dangers.

The search takes her to Ket, a coastal city slathered in mystery. There, she faces ghosts from her past and demons of her future as she seeks answers. All she seems to find are more questions.

Plague, murder, lies, espionage...this city harbors much more than meets the eye, and maybe too much to handle.



  1. It's all about establishing the world in the first book, and then building from it. Wrapping it all up in the end is also fun. (I enjoyed doing that in my third book.)
    Lee, who doesn't like Ninja Squirrels?


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