I’ve been a little remiss in updating my site, so here’s some news that might have passed you by:

There will be a sequel to THE GOLEM AND THE JINNI.

Mark your calendars (if they go out that far) for THE IRON SEASON, due out in 2018 from HarperCollins.

A few questions, answered:

1) Why such a long wait?

Well, I have to write it first. After THE GOLEM AND THE JINNI came out in 2013, I spent over a year on touring and promotion. It was a total blast, but didn’t leave much time for writing. Once all that calmed down, I had to get back in the saddle, a process complicated (in the best way, of course) by the two small humans that had somehow snuck into my house. And of course I had to figure out what to write about, and how. Sequels, it turns out, are tricky things. You have to recap just enough to remind readers what happened in the first book — and give new readers a thread to hold onto — without boring everyone to death. In short, I had two massive false starts before I arrived at something that felt sequel-worthy. I sent my wonderful editor at HarperCollins a detailed outline and a few sample chapters, and she did me the immense favor of agreeing to publish it once it’s written.

2) So it’s going to take you three years to write this thing?

Two, hopefully. Then it’ll be in HarperCollins’ hands. The publishing process takes about a year.

3) I heard that John Grisham/John Scalzi/Joyce Carol Oates can write a book in a year/month/supermarket checkout line.

Yep, and there are days when I wish I could do the same. But I’m a slow writer by nature, and I get a lot of ideas from my research, which takes time. Maybe I’ll get faster as I go, but to be honest, I kind of doubt it. (See above re. two small humans, etc.)

4) What can you tell us about THE IRON SEASON?

Here’s the official description:

“Set in World War I-era New York, Helene Wecker’s THE IRON SEASON, a sequel to her bestselling novel THE GOLEM AND THE JINNI, tells the continuing story of Chava the golem and Ahmad the jinni, as they encounter other beings of their own kind, only to realize that their close ties to human beings have forever altered them.”

For now, I think that’s all I’m allowed to say! If you’re interested in periodic updates, the best thing to do is “like” this page (gah, hateful Facebook terminology), and I’ll pop up in your feed every once in a while with the latest. I might also put together an occasional newsletter, with behind-the-scenes stuff about my writing process (such as it is), interesting research bits, and other mostly relevant info. If that materializes, I’ll let you know here on Facebook.

So stay tuned, everyone. The next few years are going to be really interesting.