Why is The Vanguard a trilogy?

by SJ Griffin

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This is a funny question and yet a very sensible question at the same time. My kind of question.  

 

The answer is I don’t know why, I just know that it is.

 

In some way it’s not a very sensible decision to start out writing a trilogy. It’s very hard to get one published as an unknown writer, it’s very hard to get an agent to take you on as an unpublished writer with a trilogy in your back pocket and I’m not comfortable with lying about that. Someone actually suggested that I do this. Besides, it’s blindingly obvious from the end of The Vanguard that it carries on. It stands alone but it carries on.

 

I know what it carries on to, even though the sequel hasn’t yet got a title. I know what they title refers to but I haven’t come up with the word for what it describes, it’s The Somethingorother. The third part is called The Replacement. I like that. The Vanguard, The Somethingorother, The Replacement. I know what happens in each book and I know how the whole thing ends. I even know what the closing lines are, if I can arrive there in an organic fashion. Now, there’s a challenge.

 

I know what all the characters are in all the books and I know what happens to them. I know which ones reappear and I know why. I know who the real villain is.

 

Knowing all this, how can it be anything else?

 

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Why is it a trilogy? (FAQs)

This is a funny question and yet a very sensible question at the same time. My kind of question.  

The answer is I don’t know why, I just know that it is.

In some way it’s not a very sensible decision to start out writing a trilogy. It’s very hard to get one published as an unknown writer, it’s very hard to get an agent to take you on as an unpublished writer with a trilogy in your back pocket and I’m not comfortable with lying about that. Someone actually suggested that I do this. Besides, it’s blindingly obvious from the end of The Vanguard that it carries on. It stands alone but it carries on.

I know what it carries on to, even though the sequel hasn’t yet got a title. I know what they title refers to but I haven’t come up with the word for what it describes, it’s The Somethingorother. The third part is called The Replacement. I like that. The Vanguard, The Somethingorother, The Replacement. I know what happens in each book and I know how the whole thing ends. I even know what the closing lines are, if I can arrive there in an organic fashion. Now, there’s a challenge.

I know what all the characters are in all the books and I know what happens to them. I know which ones reappear and I know why. I know who the real villain is.

Knowing all this, how can it be anything else?

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