The sequel to Twisted Metal will be titled Blood and Iron.
For most of the time of writing it was known as Untitled Robot Book, and that’s the name that appears on the contract, but the title itself caused me more problems than any other story I’ve written. Odd really, bearing in mind I’ve had the novel plotted since before I started Twisted Metal, and the characters virtually wrote the story themselves.
But I just couldn’t figure out what the title was going to be… until my agent advised me just to read through the MS. “You’ll find it there in the text,” he said, and he was right. Right in the middle of Chapter 10, in a meeting between humans and robots, there was the phrase Blood and Iron.
This time, unlike with Twisted Metal, I looked up the phrase on Google. Coincidentally, Bismark used the phrase (or almost used it: he said “iron and blood”) in a speech confusingly known as the “Blood and Iron” speech. Further checking showed there was no “Blood and Iron” video game.
None of that mattered, really. Blood and Iron felt right. I knew that was the title.
I’ve seen the Jon Sullivan’s black and white rough for the cover, by the way. It looks amazing. The plan is to have the background in blood red, the foreground character in iron grey.
I’m currently thinking about starting book 3. To me, it will be “The Book of Robots” but that’s not a very commercial title. I’ll let you know what I come up with.