The next book in my prehistoric fiction collection, Man vs. Nature, is a trilogy called Crossroads, set 850,000 years ago, a time in prehistory when man had already reached most corners of Eurasia. You’ll meet Homo erectus tribes from Indonesia, China, South Africa, East Africa, the Levant, and Spain. These are violent people, fully capable of addressing the many hardships that threaten their survival. Except one: future man, called by some scientists Archaic Homo sapiens and destined to obliterate their earlier selves.
Here’s a summary of Man vs. Nature:
… in the spirit of Jean Auel and Kathleen Gear, Man vs. Nature follows early humans as they struggle to survive a world where Nature is King and man is prey not predator. What didn’t kill these early iterations of Man made them stronger and gave new meaning to Darwin’s definition of evolution as ‘survival of the fittest’.
The next in this collection (after Born in a Treacherous Time) is the trilogy Crossroads. Because it spotlights so many characters, it’ll take three books to fully-reveal the story. Here’s a preview:
Xhosa, leader of the People, is driven from her East African home by a violent enemy. As she searches for a new home, she finds others like her, also forced to flee or face sure death. Based on a true story, this is an unforgettable saga of hardship and determination, conflict and passion.
Book 1 has a planned publication date of May 2019; Book 2, October 2019.
Here’s how I’m doing.
- I re-evaluated whether Man vs. Nature is actually a ‘series’. You can see my thinking on this here. I’ve come to the conclusion it is a collection of novels about prehistoric times.
- I’ve had a surprising number of Born in a Treacherous Time readers subscribe to be notified when the next book is out (I always include a link at the end of my novels to presell the next book and this is the most I’ve ever gotten). As a result, I’m considering turning Born in a Treacherous Time into a duology or trilogy, so readers can see what happens after Lucy is cut off from her band. More on that later.
- The Crossroads novel I have been writing for ten years is too long for one book so I’m breaking it into two. Each will be standalone (despite the cliffhanger at the end of Part 1) which means I have to add a lot of background detail to Part 2 without sounding narrative. I’m still working on that.
- To finish Book 2 close to Book 1’s publication date, I’m (for the first time) applying goals to my writing. In this case, I’ll add five additional pages a day.
- Here’s a map of the journey traveled by the Crossroads‘ characters. The disparate groups start in South Africa, East Africa, China, Indonesia, and the Levant. All unwittingly arrive at what we know of today as Dmanisi Georgia (labeled ‘Hawk’s Land’ on the map) and travel together to what will become known as Atapuerca Spain.
- I am going to reach out more proactively to historical fiction bloggers. Anyone have suggestions?
This is my first time writing a trilogy so my thoughts are definitely in flux. I’ll let you know how these ideas work out in next month’s update!
More on Man vs. Nature:
Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and Born in a Treacherous Time, first in the Man vs. Nature collection. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning. Crossroads, next in the Man vs. Nature collection, is projected for publication in May 2019.