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I finally got the go ahead from my editor to spill the beans on the top-secret tie-in project that has eaten my life over the past few months.


That’s right, Faustketeers, it’s FRINGE.

For those unfamiliar with the show, it’s kind of an X-Files-style science fiction series in which a female FBI agent teams up with a (literally) mad scientist and his reluctant, ne’er-do-well son to investigate an escalating plague of weird, unexplained phenomena.

I’ve been hired to write three prequels, each centered around one of the three main characters. The first, called THE ZODIAC PARADOX, features Walter, the scientist, along with William Bell and Nina Sharp in 1974. The second THE BURNING MAN, features Olivia, the FBI agent, as a teenager in 1995. (This is the book I’m working on right now.) The third and still untitled book will feature Peter, the scientist’s son, during his shady, gray-market dealings in 2008, just before the start of the first season.

Will post more details as they become available.

Edited to add: My first Fringe book doesn't seem to be available for pre-order yet but the second one is. You can also read more about them both here.



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Jan. 5th, 2013 06:39 pm (UTC)
Wonderful news.
Jan. 5th, 2013 06:47 pm (UTC)
Ready for nit picks?
Very excited about these novels coming out. Will be first in line to buy them. I have a question; allot of the time in TV tie-in novels, the authors rewrite history or retcon certain aspects of characters' lives/events, much to the frustration of fans. How faithful to the story and characters will you be? I suppose the real question is- do you really know Fringe?
Jan. 5th, 2013 07:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Ready for nit picks?
I have been working closely with Bad Robot every step of the way, since these are officially sanctioned tie-ins and, once published, will be considered cannon. Of course, there's always room for nit-picking no matter how careful we are, but I did my best to stay true to the spirit of the show and I hope fans will enjoy reading the books as much as I have enjoyed writing them.

Also FYI, because these books are set before the start of the first season, they are based on the original timeline and not the later, altered timeline.

Jan. 6th, 2013 05:47 pm (UTC)
I just want to say, welcome to the Fringedom and I am thrilled that a writer with style will be writing our tie-in novels. I can't wait to check out your previous novels too.

Every fan I have heard from about the books is very excited by the subject matter.
Jan. 5th, 2013 07:07 pm (UTC)
That’s right, Faustketeers, it’s FRINGE.

Right; I will want copies.
Jan. 5th, 2013 08:48 pm (UTC)
Fringe Tie In Novels Coming
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Jan. 5th, 2013 09:18 pm (UTC)


That is all.
Sandra Ruttan
Jan. 6th, 2013 12:19 am (UTC)
Age appropriateness
This is a house of Fringe fans, so you'll be put to the test! The real question is whether these books will be okay for kids ages 10 and 11. Violence isn't an issue for us - the 10-year-old reads Dean Koontz - just sex. From what you've said, sounds like they should be okay...
Jan. 6th, 2013 12:49 am (UTC)
Re: Age appropriateness
There are sex scenes in all three books, but not explicit. I'd say OK for teens but maybe not younger kids. Your best bet would probably be to read them yourself first.
Jan. 6th, 2013 01:41 am (UTC)
I love Fringe! Will there be a lot of casual drug use? It's my favorite part of the show.
Jan. 6th, 2013 01:50 am (UTC)
The majority of book 1 is set in San Fransisco in 1974, so that's a big yes. Not so much in books 2 and 3.
Jan. 6th, 2013 01:51 am (UTC)
Well, I'll definitely pre-order book 1!
Jan. 6th, 2013 02:04 am (UTC)
Pre-ordered!! Can't wait to read ;)
Jan. 6th, 2013 02:18 am (UTC)
I literally cannot wait. This is going to be awesome!
Jan. 6th, 2013 03:07 am (UTC)
Can't tell you how excited Fringe fans are for these. We're a very detail-oriented bunch, so we have high expectations. But I'm sure if Bad Robot was involved, you'll do just fine. Can't wait to read these character back-stories -- Especially Peter's since there wasn't much of a chance to find out more in the actual show, and he's my fave character.

Jan. 13th, 2013 03:00 am (UTC)
Peter is my favorite character, too. I've always wanted to know more about his shady past so I'm realllyyyyy excited for this book!
Jan. 6th, 2013 04:25 am (UTC)
Olivia was in boarding school when she was younger. The kids called her Han Solo. Looking forward to this.
Jan. 6th, 2013 05:42 am (UTC)
Yup. The majority of Book 2 takes place at the school, Plus you find out how a poor kid from Jacksonville wound up in a New England boarding school.
Jan. 6th, 2013 05:17 pm (UTC)
Yay Olivia at boarding school
Oh my gosh, I love you already. Counting down the days until Olivia's book (I will buy them all though!)
Jan. 6th, 2013 08:02 am (UTC)
Jan. 6th, 2013 05:03 pm (UTC)
They will be available through all major book retailers, including Amazon. Click the link at the bottom of my post to pre-order Book 2. When the pre-order page is up for Book 1 I'll post that link too.
Jan. 6th, 2013 11:22 am (UTC)
translation in french
Hello from Belgium!
I'm so excited about this books but I wonder if you had decided (you and/or your editor) to translate the books in french after their publication in english?
Thank you for your answer.
Jan. 6th, 2013 05:01 pm (UTC)
Re: translation in french
Not sure about plans for overseas publication. Will ask my editor and get back to you.
Jan. 6th, 2013 05:46 pm (UTC)
This sounds exciting, especially now that the show is about to end. I'm not ready to let it go
Jan. 7th, 2013 01:12 am (UTC)
I just started watching this show, and this is the best news I've heard about it yet!
Jan. 7th, 2013 04:16 am (UTC)
Hello! I was just wondering if you were a fan of the show before getting hired or if you are now (and know how invested the fandom is with the show)? We don't get these kind of opportunities, as you may know, that often so it's scary and exciting at the same time! :D
Jan. 7th, 2013 04:42 am (UTC)
As with most pro tie in gigs, I was more of a casual veiwer before being hired to work on the property. It's been a blast getting to know all the ins and outs of the series and delving into previously unexplored storylines. I'm also enjoying my newfound connections with the dedicated online fan community and have been encouraging open dialog to foster a more interactive storytelling experience. I hope you'll contribute to my Burning Question thread here: http://faustfatale.livejournal.com/275886.html
Jan. 7th, 2013 04:21 am (UTC)
Just pre-ordered. I'm so excited about this! It will certainly help ease the pain of our show ending.
Jan. 7th, 2013 03:16 pm (UTC)
Fringe Books - Kew!
Hi there.

Best wishes on the Fringe books. Awesome to know the show will live on after the finale airs!

A big Fringe fan - Lou aka OldDarth - check out my review Fringe episodecreviews at FringeTV plus our podcast episode reviews there as well - Fringe Benefits Inc.

Jan. 8th, 2013 03:24 am (UTC)
Fringe & Fringe fans
Aimee beat me to it - as she said, Fringe fans are "Fringies", "Cortexifans" or collectively, the "Fringedom".

I'm very excited about the book series - it's a great way to keep the story going.

Please, please, please... get the details right. I'm hoping that Bad Robot's involvement will go a long way in supporting the accuracy of your writing, but there are LOTS of reference sites and many of us who would be happy to clarify any details.

For every 'casual' viewer or fan, there are probably 10 of us who can recite whole episodes of dialogue by heart, cite episode name & number of when something happened, and who regard Fringe as more than just a tv show. We're counting on you.
Jan. 8th, 2013 05:23 am (UTC)
Re: Fringe & Fringe fans
The phrase "Fringeketeers" was a personal joke based the fact that I always refer to my own fans as "Faustketeers."

I pride myself in my tie ins and work very hard to be accurate and true to the spirit of each show I work on. Also in this case, I've been working closely with the show writers and each final manuscript must be approved by Bad Robot before publication. I'll do my best, I promise. I always do.

Edited at 2013-01-08 05:25 am (UTC)
Jan. 15th, 2013 10:25 am (UTC)
FRINGE prequels?
User lijability referenced to your post from FRINGE prequels? saying: [...] Christa Faust has been hired to write three (canon?) prequels to FRINGE [...]
Jan. 19th, 2013 05:31 am (UTC)
More FRINGE?!?
Having just watched the end of this fantastic show, and bawled my eyes out over it ending, I was made aware that not one, not two, but three Fringe novels were being written.

Of course I'll read these, and your comments above have inspired confidence that you know what you're doing. ;)

Amazon says the second book is coming July, but when is the first due?

Jan. 19th, 2013 04:58 pm (UTC)
Re: More FRINGE?!?
Feb. 3rd, 2013 04:54 am (UTC)
big eddie
One loose end left behind from the first season: Peter had somehow made an enemy of a powerful Boston criminal known as Big Eddie. Peter was, for several episodes, being tracked and hunted by Big Eddie's agents. An episode ended with another criminal, Gregory Worth, learning that Peter was back in town.

Then the plotline was dropped after episode nine. No further episodes featured anyone pursuing Peter, his debts were no longer mentioned and the entire arc was forgotten.

Will your third novel be able to add in any scenes, perhaps flash-forwards, set between Season 1 episodes in order to explain this continuity gap?

Good luck! Looking forward to your books.
Feb. 3rd, 2013 04:50 pm (UTC)
Re: big eddie
I was kind of bothered by the fact that they just dropped the Big Eddie storyline too. Unfortunately, because all three books are prequels that end before the first episode of the first season, I won't be able to "flash forward" to explain that continuity gap. But Big Eddie and Peter's debt will be featured in book three.
Feb. 3rd, 2013 09:47 pm (UTC)
Re: big eddie
That's a shame! But maybe you'll get to write another FRINGE novel some day that deals with this unresolved arc. I imagine the resolution would have to be set during Season 1. The Big Eddie storyline and Amy Jessup, I felt, are loose ends that maybe the FRINGE novels and comics could tie up some day while still telling a good story.

I don't suppose you'd like to tell us about the challenges of writing novels featuring characters that were played by actors on television? What techniques do you use to try to convey the actors' deliveries and body language or the characters' speech patterns and physical presence? Do the characters change in the course of converting them into prose? Or do you prefer not to worry about that too much and focus on depicting the character as the sum of their skills and experiences?
Feb. 4th, 2013 04:02 pm (UTC)
Re: big eddie
WB may decide to do more books, but I don't know if it will be me or another writer who will be hired to do them. We'll see...

As far as characters, I do try to keep them true to the actor's portrayals in all my tie-in novels. However, these first two Fringe books presented a special challenge in that they are prequels. I'm writing about Walter and Olivia at a much younger age than they are on the show. Walter is a young man in the first one and Olivia is a teen for most of the second book. I kept Walter relatively similar as a young man in terms of his character quirks and "Walterisms." Teen Olivia was a bit more of a challenge. I know how different I am now than I was as a teen, but with that in mind, I like to think I was able to keep her recognizable and familiar as the person she will someday become.

The third book takes place just weeks before the first episode of the first season, so Peter will be pretty much exactly the same as he was portrayed in the first season.
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