When setting out to write The Cleansing, it quickly became apparent that there was too much story to fit into one reasonably sized volume. I faced a dilemma: write a doorstop or break the tale up into three books. I wanted people to read the story and doubted that readers would take a chance on buying a book the size of a brick written by an unknown. So, a trilogy it was.
By the time I sat down to write the sequel, the first reviews had been coming in for The Cleansing – in the main, extremely positive. For that, of course, I was mightily thankful and relieved, but I then experienced something new: the pressure to produce a sequel that lives up to or surpasses the first volume. It certainly added spice to the writing process. The Beacon is the result.