The Warden and the Wolf King?

Hello, Dear Readers.

I’m writing this from the Honda dealership, where our minivan is getting a much-needed oil change. The pressure’s on, because we’re about to drive down to Florida for Thanksgiving, the last real family time I’ll have before I hit the road for the Behold the Lamb of God Christmas tour. We’re doing 16 concerts in 18 days, traveling everywhere from Texas to North Carolina to Alabama to Ohio, and I hope some of you Wingfeather fans can come out to the shows. I’m always eager to meet readers, and one of my favorite things to see is a beat-up copy of one of my books in the hands of a kid (or grownup).

Lots of people have been asking about The Warden and the Wolf King, so I figured I’d let you know the plan. During the Christmas tour I’m planning to write songs like crazy in order to be ready for the studio in January. I’ll start recording a new album then, which will hopefully be finished in the early Spring (in between concerts with Steven Curtis Chapman). There’s usually a short lull between finishing the record and releasing it, and that’s when I plan to sit down and dig in to that most terrifying and daunting and thrilling of things: CHAPTER ONE.

That’s the good news. The bad news is, I can’t write a whole book in a recording or touring lull. There will probably be promotional stuff and more touring in the summer and fall, which will make it really hard to do any serious writing. But as soon as the fall tour is over and my brain is sufficiently un-fried, I’m hoping to set aside a few months just for writing. If some strange alignment of energy and inspiration and time occurs before next fall, I may be able to finish the book in time for a Christmas release. But knowing what I know about my limits, I doubt that will happen. Which means (sorry!) The Warden and the Wolf King will probably be published in spring of 2013.

I just slumped my shoulders while I typed that last sentence. In fact, even now I’m rethinking the whole thing, and will probably spend some time today with a calendar, trying to find a way to finish the story sooner. I don’t want you guys to be all grown up by the time I finish!

To sum up: I’m recording a new CD after Christmas, to be released in the summer or fall. I’m going to do my best to finish the book in time for next Christmas, but I’m preparing myself for a 2013 book release (again, that sounds forever away, and I wince at the thought). In the meantime, please continue to spread the word about the books! It’s been so exciting to see the story continuing to make its way into the world, and that’s all because of you. THANK YOU.

Final notes: I still haven’t found time to draw the two pictures for the contest winners. Don’t worry! I’ll do it as soon as I can. Also, the audiobook for North! Or Be Eaten and the Kindle version of The Monster in the Hollows are both still in production. We’re close, but as busy as Christmas/Thanksgiving can be, it might be a short wait. So many projects, so little time.

Thank you again. May your Thanksgiving be free of thwaps, gribbits, and all manner of toothiness.

AP

41 thoughts on “The Warden and the Wolf King?

  1. I am a very slow writer so I COMPLETELY understand Mr. Peterson’s delema:)
    I am currently working on a book whick took me for years to write. Although that was with the seven re-writes and revises I did.
    Oh well, patience is a virtue. I went to his concert and he is awesome!! Love his music as much as his books.

  2. mr peterson

    2013 is a long way off but untill then i will be enjoying your novels and reaading them over and over and over and, well you get the point! in the words of octastithia prestanivia “please hurry” :)

  3. Mkay so here’s the thing. I’ve reread and reread and reread and reread your series. Over and over again I find tears in my eyes when I finish the last page to Monster in the Hollows. My life means nothing without the next installment The Warden and The Wolf King. I’ll give anything to get a copy NOW. I’ll massage my grandma’s feet (that’s saying a lot) or I’ll kiss a Fang (this is how badly I want it). I’ll even *attempt* ride a toothy cow if it means getting your beloved book NOW. We both know how dangerous those toothy cows are and if it means getting my arm stuck in its maw, then so be it. Mr. Andrew Peterson, I won’t be young forever (but something’s telling me I’ll still be rereading by the time I’m 92-and-a-half years old. My children will fall deeply in love with this series just as I have and then my tattered Wingfeather Saga will then be passed on through the generations…) but if it means rereading and rereading and rereading, then I’ll settle for more glorious minutes spent engrossing myself in this delightful tale. But as soon as the next book comes out, I will tear through that bookstore, shove small children out of my way, and devour that book. (Not literally, though if the madness I feel lurking in my soul from the lack of a resolution to this story devours ME, then I’ll have no choice but to give in and physically devour the book. After reading it, of course.) It’s a wonder I still have friends, Mr. Peterson, it’s a wonder.

  4. These are seriously some of the best books IN THE WORLD! I love this series and I CANNOT WAIT until The Warden and the Wolf King! Thank you Mr. Peterson for writing these AWESOME books! :-D When the next book comes out I will be the first to buy it.

  5. “…definitely up there with Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.” Nicely said Carly, but maybe just a tiny bit more credit? ;)

  6. Hey Mr. Peterson,

    Loving your books, LOVING them. For me it’s hard not to thing Janner is the main character since he is my age and somehow I idolize a book character. I’m Australian and unfortunately I wouldn’t be able to show you a battered-up copy of one of your books because I use kindle. I’ve read the three books that have been published 7 times each (tiny obsession) and can’t wait for the fourth.
    I really hope inspiration comes for you,
    CC

  7. Just wanted you to know. Its not just kids who love these books. I am 31 and absolutely live this series. The way your words spin the story and create a beautiful picture in my mind….thank you andrew peterson.

  8. I don’t want to rush you,but my birthday is in the spring and I was hoping the fourth one would be out by then so I could ask for the whole series.Because,I’m sad to say I don’t own a single one of them!: ( !Though the library books practically live at our house we reread them so much!SO SORRY BUT HURRY UP MR.P!

  9. UGH! 2013 CANNOT get here fast enough! I love this series so much, and all the Biblical references, and the characters, and the funny names, and Sara Cobbler – and – and – everything! Eeek, I’m going to die waiting that long. *sobs* But the Wingfeathers are worth it!

  10. Thank you so much, Mr. Anderson, for these incredible books!! I just finished reading “Monster in the Hollows” (I mean JUST finished it- I saw the end note about book four and I rushed to the computer) I’m 17, and have been reading these books aloud to my three younger sisters – and we all love them! they scream when I stop reading because I’m thirsty, or reading ahead, or because I’m crying and cant choke out any words. Your books are beautifully written, definitely up there with Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. Thank you so much for writing good, wholesome books that give the Maker tribute!!
    God bless…..AND 2013 CANT GET HERE FAST ENOUGH!!!!!!

  11. Andrew – my husband and I have been enjoying your Wingfeather Saga for the past year or so as we do a read-aloud of all 3 books. I originally bought the first book for my nephew for Christmas a couple years ago, and because I wasn’t sure if it was appropriate for him, I did a quick read of it first – and, of course, I knew he would love it. So, later on I re-read the book as a read-aloud with my husband. These books are great to do that with – after dinner a chapter or 2. Love it, love it! We are almost done reading aloud The Monster in the Hollow – not wanting to be done, but yet wanting to get to the end. Anxious for book 4. Thanks for using your amazing talent to write this series. We enjoy your books as much as we did reading The Hobbit and the Lord of the Ring. God bless.

  12. Just finished The Monster in the Hollows and I loved it! Just wanted to let you know that you inspire me to write my own stories down. For that I have to thank you. Can’t wait to read your next book, I know it will be the best one yet!
    Sincerely,
    Inspired Fan

  13. Who cares if it takes that long? For goodness sakes! If he’s going to write a book in that short of a time, then of COURSE it is going to take that long! I can only write 60 pages in a book in a whole school semester! Cut him some slack!

  14. Dear Mr. Peterson

    My father ,who has been listening to me re-read your books ,tells me that patience is a very good thing. But really ? 2013? If you happen to be typing The Warden and the Wolf King on a computer instead of physically writing ( by the way if you are handwriting I envy you. I could never type a book ,let alone handwrite!) and the typing itself is taking to long you might try dragon natruly speaking so you can talk & the computer does the writing. Either way PLEASE hurry! Me and my dad just started The Monster in the Hollows and will probably finish it soon and I’m not sure how long he can go without hearing some “Podo Helmer” as he calls it.
    Sincerely
    Justin Paul Sharp

  15. all 3 books are awsome and the music is even more awsome!!!!!!!!!
    but i will be 13 before i will get to read it. i will try to get to consert #3 of yours and buy it:):):):)

  16. Dude your books rock!!! I git my first one like two christmases ago and I absolutely loved it!!!!! I cant wait for your next one!!!!!

  17. I finally got to read Monster in the Hollows while in China over Christmas adopting our long-awaited daughter. Fantastic and wonder filled. Needless to say, I was emotionally primed to get tearful towards the end. I will happily wait for the next book but I have a critical question, admittedly a potential spoiler: Indigo, burgundy, green, and … what color will drape The Warden and the Wolf King? These things I must know.

    Hoping to catch a concert very soon. Man, I wish Chattanoooga was closer to Nashville.

  18. I love your books! The Wingfeathers are among my all time favorites, right there with Peter, Susan, Edmond and Lucy! You are a great storyteller. Thank you for sharing the gifts our Maker has blessed you with. I felt as if I were a part of this amazing family. I smiled and laughed in their joy, and wept in their sorrow. I cant wait to read these to my kids, my oldest is 8 and is begging me to read them with her.
    Amazing!

    Cant wait for the next one! God bless you!

  19. I will never be too grown up to read your books. In fact, more adults should read them. It would make a difference in this failing world, I think.

  20. Dear Andrew,
    We (all your fans) love you, your music, and your books, and we want you to know that it’s okay. If it takes you until spring 2013 for you book to be published, so be it. We will wait loyally and mean while read and re-read your first three novels while you are busy.
    Please don’t feel too stressed or pressured into squeezing your writing into your spare seconds. You should write when the Maker inspires you to. We will be praying that you can get everything done and that you will be able to handle all the things on your busy schedule.
    Let the Maker’s will be done.
    Love and loyalty,
    Your Devoted Fan

  21. Andrew, I’ll be praying that God fills you with more creative juices than ever before. He has a LOT to work with, you know! I’ll be praying that you get what you need to write those songs and then be able to dig into the book. You are such a blessing to so many. Thanks for allowing God to use you in so many ways. Not just musically, or through writing books! Hope the BTLOG tour is uneventful, but full of good stuff. :) Praying for you all. . .

  22. I am so glad to hear that you will be writing the final book in the Wingfeather Saga. It’s been a fun series to read to my family as we travel in the car or gather in the living room.

  23. Happy Thanksgiving Andrew and family!

    I saw you perform on a Saturday night in Redmond, Washington… (it was awesome… my husband and I were so excited that you finally got out here to the Seattle area… please come back with the Captains Courageous! It was nice to see Steven too, but we really came for you!) :) Anyway I bought all three books supposedly to loan to a little girl I know. By Monday night I had read all three. I didn’t skip work or church but I didn’t exactly sleep much. They’re wonderful! I can’t wait to find out what happens to Sara Cobbler! ;) Also, whether Nia actually ends up marrying the guy who (with all good intentions) killed Esben! :( (Still sad about that.) I get a kick out of the food names especially. “Greenion” and “Totater” are creeping into my everyday vocabulary. Another thing I love about the books is how they add a whole new layer to some of your songs. :) That may not be intentional but it’s really fun. Songs like “The Magic Hour” – which already reminded me of Narnia – now have a whole dimension of Aerwiar feeling to them too! Keep up the great work Andrew… and please come back to Seattle soon…

  24. In the words of Vilmette Oppenholm, “How awful!” ;-) Still, take as long as you have to. Patience is not my middle name, but I’ll try to remain as calm as possible for the next year or so.

    In the meantime, guys, there are a few other books to keep us happy. The Wilderking Trilogy and The Charlatan’s Boy by Jonathan Rogers. The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic by Jennifer Trafton. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle. The Harry Potter books by J. K. Rowling. The 100 Cupboards Trilogy by N. D. Wilson. Linnets and Valerians by Elizabeth Goudge.

    I’ve already read all of those, though, so if you all have any suggestions I’d be pleased to hear ‘em. :-)

  25. That sounds like a great plan, Andrew. Grace from fans abounds but a writing tank is not so merciful. Take your time to fill and refill as needed. We’ll still be here. I’ll turn 40 in 2 1/2 years and I assure you….I won’t be too old to enjoy book 4 when its time comes.

  26. No worries. I write too, and I’ve learned to only write to enjoy it. In your case, it seems like you may have to push that limit a little. (I did that last night :P) Dont worry about us readers. We’re fine. We might get a little… excited. But we’ll be fine. Stay Awesome,
    -L

  27. Holy toothy-cow, that’s a long time, I’ll be 17 by then. However, it is completely understandable. Just keep up the good work with all your creative projects!

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