A couple things...
Hey everyone! I apologize for the long delay in posting here or updating the website. There has been a lot happening personally as well as on the jackalope stories front. I won’t bore you with the details on the personal side of the house. Instead I’ll just leave this here…
Anyways, I did not create this post just to share baby pictures or blame this recent change in my life for the lack of updates. I wanted to first thank all my readers for the support on my most recent book. The Hinderwood recently celebrated six months on the market and I’ve been really pleased with the sales and positive reviews. As a reminder if you’ve, had a chance to read the book already, it would really help me out for you to leave a review or rating on Amazon or Goodreads if you haven’t already.
The Hinderwood is the same way, although instead of a child’s relationship with his parents and grandparents, it examines the relationship between a teenager and his younger siblings. The book is built on my own thoughts and feelings regarding being a brother. I’m the oldest in my family, and most of the experiences that I built those thoughts and feelings on happened when I was older; as such, it felt necessary to age up the reading level from the Thin House. Though as I type that I’m uncomfortable, because I never felt like I was talking down to my audience in book one, instead I tried to write a story, that could be appreciated regardless of age, that just happened to have a child protagonist in the vein of books like Coraline, The Night Gardener, and The Book of Lost Things. Nonetheless it’s hard to argue that The Hinderwood has some more intense moments.
But again, that was part of the point. In order for me to be sincere as an author my work has to be rooted in something meaningful (to me at least). So while I can see why some would have expected The Thin House to be the first in a series akin to The Magic Tree House or the Boxcar Children, that was never my goal. Each book in Jackalope Stories will be centered around a type of relationship that was critical at different stages in my life. As such that also means the stories will get a little more mature as we go on. I think this will ultimately allow my readers to come to the world of Jackalope Stories at different points in their own lives and always take something away from the experience.
I’m sharing this because I’m excited about what comes next. I’m currently in the editing phase of book three, and I can’t wait for you to see what we have in store. Readers of both The Thin House and The Hinderwood will have noticed an ongoing story building across both books, and that continues in a big way in the third entry, which will hopefully really set the stage for the finale. I don’t want to give too much away yet, but I will say the next one is a bit special in the relationship it explores. You see book three is a love story. One with Jackalopes, ghostly boxing matches, Haitian Voodoo, well dressed assassins, and the best barbecue on this side of eternity.
I can’t wait for you to check it out...Also here's one more for good luck.
My name is Jake Nickens. I'm a husband, dog owner, and Author of The Thin House.