Friends! Skreeans! Countrymen!

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted here, and my only excuse is a good one: I’ve been working hard on music for most of the year. Music and bees. And pumpkins and butternut squash. You see, I finished up the actual recording of Light for the Lost Boy sometime in the late spring, eager to get started on the final Wingfeather book. But instead of getting started, I planted seeds and inspected the beehive and spent a lot of great quality time with my family. Don’t get me wrong, I wrote quite a bit, and mostly made notes on all the aspects of the saga that I need to address. But for the most part I allowed myself to recuperate from the two Steven Curtis Chapman tours and the writing and recording of a new album; the season wore me out completely, and I missed my family a lot. (They missed me, too.)

Then sometime in July, the hard drive on my computer had to die. And I mean dead. It was actually rattling like a maraca. I lost about six months of work, Wingfeather Saga and otherwise. So let this be a lesson to you all: IF YOU’RE EVER WRITING A BOOK, FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE, BACK UP YOUR COMPUTER EVERY FIFTEEN SECONDS. Here’s the weird thing: I didn’t mind so much. For some reason I was relieved. It was as if God was saying, “Hey, kid. Take a break. You don’t want to write a lousy book, do you? Then rest a while, and write it when you’re ready.”

Now it’s September, and I’m happy to tell you that my newest album is officially out in the world. It’s been set loose. That means I’ll be touring and interviews and doing all I can to tell people about this new batch of songs. Hopefully, once the tour starts and I’m rolling across America in a bus, I’ll pop open my computer and rewrite the first several chapters–and hopefully they’ll be better than the first attempt. In the meantime, please head to iTunes, Amazon, or (preferably) the Rabbit Room to pick up Light for the Lost Boy. Hopefully it’ll tide you over until the spring.

As always, thanks for reading! I’ve gotten a few great drawings from fans lately, and I’ll post them as soon as I’m able.

12 thoughts on “Friends! Skreeans! Countrymen!

  1. Keith says, “Hard drive failure; that’s a clever promotional stunt.”
    Kara is ignoring that comment.
    We will all (Keith including) be waiting on the edge of our seats.

  2. Your series is the best I have ever read. I can’t imagine having to wait that long for the next book. (I am reading The Monster in the Hollows right now!!!!!)

  3. That’s just fine Mr. Peterson! I’m sure that the book will be even better then it was before! Thanks so much for working on these books for us!

  4. We are patiently waiting and will continue to be patient because we’re happy you got some quality family time and pumpkins and squashes are important, too. Keep up the good work!

  5. Yes, take all the time you need! Meanwhile, I will continue to assign your lovely writing as copywork and memorization. :) They partially memorized the poem, “The Black Carriage” for me. :) And please, pretty please, can you put footnotes in the last book? Loved them in the first one!

  6. Oh and I hope to meet you and have you sign my book(would you sign all three of them?) on September 28th :-) in Green Bay, WI, I just gotta get my mom to take me… :-)

  7. Or maybe God reads your books and the story wasn’t turning out the way he wanted it to…..I’m just sayin…hehe….You are going to have to write a prequel series and a sequel series…..you know that right?….Is there any chance you could get it out before or on March 26th? that is my 16th Birthday and I won’t have to have CD’s on my wishlist…that’s my Christmas wishlist…..Ok I’m gonna stop now but seriously do you think you could? (I bought your new Deluxe CD from the Rabbit Room if that gets me any points hehe) Bye!! Thanks for your awesome music and books :-D

  8. God bless you for working so hard!!
    I, for one, completely understand and am thrilled that this book is going to be so carefully developed, especially because your writing has always captivated my imagination. The Wingfeather Saga is still one of the BEST series that I have ever read, and to think that you will improve on it… almost inconcievable. :) Thank You for all you do!

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