“A MythWorks Novel.”

Maybe you noticed that line under the title of my new novel Corridor. If so, you’re probably wondering what it is.

Some have assumed that it’s a subtitle. Or maybe the name of the “Corridor series” or “Corridor trilogy” (even though no one has yet said if there will be further adventures involving the Corridor). Or could it be an imprint of my new publisher?

It’s none of these things. Simply put, MythWorks is a brand name of my own invention. It’s a way of saying, “When you see ‘A MythWorks Novel’ on the cover of a book, this is the kind of experience that awaits you inside.”

People tell me I’m a suspense author. A thriller writer. A “spec fic” novelist (aka, “speculative fiction”). A science fiction and/or fantasy author. Maybe I’m all of those things.

I like to think of myself as a modern myth-maker. Mythologies are the one thing that all of my stories have in common (both past and future), and they’re something that I strongly respond to as a storyteller.

So what do I mean by “mythology”? I’m not talking about an ancient belief system, like Greek mythology, or anything of that sort. I’m speaking in the literary sense of the word, the kind of stories that are built on fictional histories. Huge, epic stories that take place during or after massive-scale historical events.

I love books, movies, TV shows, and even video games that are built on elaborate mythologies, because there’s something about them that speaks to the core of who we are. Our lives are the product of thousands of years of history that happened before we were born, so it’s only natural that fictional stories that are constructed this same way can speak to us in a profound way about who and what we are. (Mythologies are also common to serialized stories, another kind of fiction that I adore.)

My favorite stories are based on mythologies. Lost, Battlestar Galactica, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Myst, The Lord of the Rings, The Matrix. Looking back at all of my books thus far, and my catalog of ideas that I will draw from in the future… They all have mythologies of one kind or another. (Even books like last year’s Vigilante, which is set in the real world with no supernatural elements of any kind, is set in a world with an alternate history of the last ten years or so.)

The whole mythology concept is something I want people to identify with me and my stories. So why do I need a brand?

Well, all professional writers are a brand, whether they try to be or not. For most writers, their name in huge letters on their book cover is their brand. (Many publishers even choose to use the same stylized font when presenting a well-known author’s name.) Or maybe the name of their main character is their brand, such as “A Jack Ryan Novel” or “An Alex Cross Novel.”

I wanted to do something a little more intentional. An original word and brand name to call my own. A guarantee. A promise from me to you.

So there you have it. Whenever you see “MythWorks,” you’re in for a mythic brand of storytelling.