In October 2017, Erikson announced on his Facebook page that the book would be his next published Malazan work. In order to work on the book, he announced he was temporarily putting aside his work on Walk in Shadow, the concluding volume of the Kharkanas Trilogy.
- Erikson discussed his work on the book in an essay called Life on Thin Ice: Updating my Progress on The Witness Trilogy.
- Erikson expected to write the majority of the novel on a newly purchased Gemini PDA similar to one he had used to write several earlier Malazan books. Ultimately the ergonomics of the new device did not work out and the author completed the book on a laptop.
- At least some of the book was written at the Little June coffee shop in Victoria, B.C., Canada.
- It was not until after writing the first 80 or 90 pages of the novel that he realised he had actually written the opening of the second book in the series. "I realised I was leaving too much backstory" and had to start over. Getting started on the book "took a little longer than expected, but at the same time, once it's done, I've got 80 pages of the second novel already done."
- Erikson completed the first draft of the novel on 28 February 2020.
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780765323590
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Steven Erikson Facebook post 25 October 2017
- ↑ Steven Erikson Facebook post 31 May 2018
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Steven Erikson Facebook post 31 December 2019
- ↑ Ten Very Big Books podcast - Deadhouse Gates (See 39:50)
- ↑ Steven Erikson Facebook post 28 February 2020