Urban Fantasy Author Update January 2024

Hi everyone,

I’ve been noticeably absent from the blog, my Facebook page, and my reader group lately. I apologize for my silence. The past few years, as many of you know, have been a challenging journey in light of my battle with cancer and subsequent surgery back in May.

In the aftermath, I realized I had perhaps too eagerly plunged back into work and training, not fully allowing myself the time to heal. Unfortunately, this led to escalating post-surgical and post-cancer complications.

Acknowledging this, I made the conscious decision to step back from work and reduce my physical activities to focus on recuperation. This included shutting down a couple of Facebook groups I was managing. I needed this time not only for physical healing but also for some much-needed emotional healing as well.

During this period of stepping back, I’ve been dedicating my energy primarily to writing. Each morning, I’ve set a goal of writing about three thousand words, immersing myself in the world of my characters and stories. This has been a therapeutic and productive time, allowing me to plan my projects for the upcoming year.

cover reveal of Superhero WorldNow, let me share what I’ve been working on. I’ve taken a brief hiatus from writing the next installment in the Colin McCool series, the follow-up to Deadlands Druid. Instead, I’ve been pouring my creativity into a new superhero fantasy fiction series.

This series features Colin McCool in an intriguing alternate timeline. This fresh venture has been my primary focus, and I’m nearing the completion of the first book in this series.

As you know, Colin is on a quest for technology to rectify the ‘Hellpocalypse’ timeline. That’s precisely why he travels to the superhero timeline in this series, and as you might expect, mayhem and hilarity ensue…

Once Superhero World is wrapped up, my plan is to circle back to the main Colin McCool series. I’m aiming to write the much-anticipated follow-up to Deadlands Druid. I expect this to occupy most of February and March.

Following that, I’ll be returning to the CERBERUS series. My goal is to finish the fourth book in that series in April into May. Then I’ll return to the superhero series to pen the second entry in May through June, after which I plan to take July off from writing.

So, that’s a glimpse into my schedule for the next few months. It’s a tight but exciting timeline, and I’m thrilled to bring these stories to life for you all.

As always, I’m incredibly grateful for your support and patience. While I’ve been quieter online, know that I’ve been working hard behind the scenes, weaving new tales and adventures for you to enjoy.

I’m looking forward to sharing these new stories with you and hearing your thoughts. Thank you for sticking with me through this journey. More updates and sneak peeks will be coming soon, so stay tuned!

Warm regards,

M.D. Massey

26 Comments

  1. John on January 26, 2024 at 10:21 am

    So sorry to hear of your complications and setbacks. Much respect for your perseverance in providing us all with new story’s in your amazing and thoroughly enjoyable fantasy worlds. Whatever schedule you set please make your personal health and well being the priority. My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours on your difficult journey.

  2. Patrick McNamara on January 26, 2024 at 10:32 am

    I love your work and have read everything you’ve written. Your books are so entertaining and engaging! I hope your cancer battle goes in your favor as this world would be worse off without you!

    • M.D. Massey on January 28, 2024 at 7:25 am

      Thanks for the words of encouragement, Patrick!

  3. Dan McNally on January 26, 2024 at 10:48 am

    Take care of yourself. I had cancer surgery eleven months ago and can’t stress enough the importance of rest to recuperate. Your health is most important.

    • M.D. Massey on January 28, 2024 at 7:30 am

      I appreciate the words of wisdom, Dan. I hope your recovery has gone well.

  4. Venis on January 26, 2024 at 12:19 pm

    We’re only given a short visit on this plane… Please take care of yourself and enjoy every moment you’re given.

  5. Nate Hall on January 26, 2024 at 1:19 pm

    Sending healing energy! Fanboy delux! Slow and steady wins the race.

  6. Carol on January 26, 2024 at 1:29 pm

    Take care if yourself. We’ll be here waiting patiently…ok, trying to wait patiently!

    • M.D. Massey on January 28, 2024 at 7:31 am

      Thanks for your support… and your patience!

  7. Kris H on January 26, 2024 at 2:00 pm

    Thanks for the update. I was wondering how you were personally doing in your battle. Many good thoughts are sent your way!
    I love your stories & am looking forward to the peek into your imagination with your upcoming books.

  8. Samantha on January 26, 2024 at 2:25 pm

    Remember to look after yourself

  9. Patrick on January 26, 2024 at 2:33 pm

    Glad that you are doing better, wish great luck

  10. Michael W Welch on January 26, 2024 at 3:33 pm

    You keep writing and I’ll keep reading
    Take care of yourself

    Mike

  11. Barb on January 26, 2024 at 4:26 pm

    You take care of yourself before anything!

  12. Russ Howard on January 26, 2024 at 11:26 pm

    I was never into the paranormal genre until I started reading your novels. I have them all and am eagerly waiting for the next new novels. Having said that please take care of your health first. Best wishes to you from Vancouver Island.

    • M.D. Massey on January 28, 2024 at 7:35 am

      Thanks Russ! Vancouver Island? Man, it must be wonderful living there. I visited Bellingham for a martial arts seminar many years ago, and I was struck by the beauty of the place. I don’t mind rainy weather, so I quite enjoyed my stay.

  13. B Button on January 28, 2024 at 10:38 pm

    Please take as much time as you need! Your health is top priority. I’m sending much love and many good thoughts your way.

  14. Linda Howard on February 24, 2024 at 9:58 pm

    Really happy to hear that Colin as a character and writing adventure gives you motivation and purpose to get through this. Ngl, if any of my other fantasy favorites had announced they were going to take their lead character out of their normal series and Branch him into a superhero villain timeline I’d thrown up my hands and said it was good while it lasted. But considering this is the Mighty MD Massey.. this is going to be a great new collection, with familiar characters and new characters and stuff we never saw coming and we’ll be enjoying a new series that we won’t be able to live without! Your fan base loves your work and we will enjoy it when you deliver it. Whenever that is. As long as you take care of yourself first, we are happy to wait! Okay Mr Toad, let’s start this wild ride!!

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