Lots of you have been getting in touch to tell me that you’re eagerly awaiting book four of The Fringe. I’m pleased to announce that I’m deep in edits right now, and “Lockdown” will be out in November 2015. It’s coming together quite nicely, and I’ve already plotted out how the series will end in book five.
One of the most exciting things for me is getting to introduce new characters who add depth to the world and play off the characters we already know and love. Some of these characters will only make short appearances, but I thought you might be interested in learning more about them. Here we go…
Owen’s sometimes girlfriend out on the Fringe
Sage first met Owen when he was 17 and she was 19. She’s a free spirit who drifts in and out of his life at irregular intervals, but she loves him in a way that no one else has. As Owen puts it, “She doesn’t understand my disfunction, but she doesn’t resent it either.”
Sage has a lot of violence and abuse in her past, but she still sees the beauty and goodness in the wreckage of the Fringe. She has a habit of rescuing vintage clothes, pre–Death Storm antiques, and coffee from abandoned stores, and she’s determined to break down Owen’s walls.
Chief Deputy Woodhouse
The warden with a conscience
Tennessee Woodhouse only has a bit part in “Lockdown,” but he came to me fully formed when I first imagined a warden in Control who’s actually not a bad guy. Most of the controllers in the compound are power-tripping assholes with a skewed sense of right and wrong, but Woodhouse has managed to climb the ranks in the section with his moral compass still intact.
Celdon describes him as sort of a compound cowboy, with a gunslinger mustache and a belt buckle that reads “Mess With the Bull…Get the Horns.”
Woodhouse is First Gen, but he came into the compound around the time Sawyer’s parents did. He’s old enough to remember what the world was like before Death Storm, and he still clings to the noble old “protect and serve” notions of pre-Death Storm justice.
Lovable rascal and drifter black sheep
Gunner wins the grand prize in my heart despite not being completely new to the series. He had a brief cameo in “Outbreak” guarding the new drifter base at the pawn shop. Remember the bleached-blond kid with the lip ring and Southern drawl? We get another small taste of him in a few scenes in “Lockdown,” but he’s going to have a larger role in book five.
The reason I like Gunner is that he’s relentlessly friendly and good-natured despite being surrounded by a bunch of rough, rude drifter guys who don’t really like having him around. He’s kind of a cross between Half-Sack from “Sons of Anarchy” and Tweener from “Prison Break.”
Who are you most excited to see in “Lockdown”? Old characters count, too!