Dispatch from the Razor's Edge, the Blog of Michael Stephen Fuchs
Story Design: The Apotheosis

So, as on multiple   previous   occasions, once again here is a glimpse into the complete story design for the latest – and final – cycle of ARISEN material, Books Thirteen and Fourteen.

Writing – and, mainly story-designing – the climax & conclusion of this (6-year, 16-book, 1.6-million-word) epic was by far the hardest thing I've ever done in my life – or, I ardently hope, trust, and hereby pledge – the hardest thing I ever will do. Something like 500 named characters, dozens of them with fairly complex and intense arcs to complete (satisfactorily, one hopes), dozens of intersecting and (again, hopefully) resolving storylines, many scores of setups to pay-off, tons of callbacks to, erm, callback… Of course I have no one but myself to blame. Well, me and Glynn. I definitely blame Glynn.


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Fuchs is the author of the novels The Manuscript and Pandora's Sisters, both published worldwide by Macmillan in hardback, paperback and all e-book formats (and in translation); the D-Boys series of high-tech, high-concept, spec-ops military adventure novels – D-Boys, Counter-Assault, and Close Quarters Battle (coming in 2016); and is co-author, with Glynn James, of the bestselling Arisen series of special-operations military ZA novels. The second nicest thing anyone has ever said about his work was: "Fuchs seems to operate on the narrative principle of 'when in doubt put in a firefight'." (Kirkus Reviews, more here.)

Fuchs was born in New York; schooled in Virginia (UVa); and later emigrated to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he lived through the dot-com boom. Subsequently he decamped for an extended period of tramping before finally rocking up in London, where he now makes his home. He does a lot of travel blogging, most recently of some very  long  walks around the British Isles. He's been writing and developing for the web since 1994 and shows no particularly hopeful signs of stopping.

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