I wanted to check in and tell you how much I appreciate your comments. I guess it would be a cliche to say that your positive response to my work is one of the major things that keep me going, but this doesn’t make it any less true. A writer very often feels like he or she is working in the dark, so any candle of response is much appreciated. Again, thank you for taking the time to write in and let me know.
I finished Mister Slaughter in June, but I’m still waiting to see exactly when the book’s going to be published. My agent and publisher are “in talks” (another cliche, I suppose, but again true) and I’m hoping to find out something within the next couple of weeks.
In the meantime, I wanted to tell you what the future holds. Knowing from experience that nothing can be written in stone, my plan is to write a contemporary novel next, before I do the next Matthew Corbett book. It’s about a rock band and is set in the summer of 2008, but that’s about all I can say right now.
The Matthew Corbett books are a real challenge to do, with putting together the story and the research, and I’ve decided it would be fun (?) to do this book set in the here-and-now before getting started on the next Matthew story.
As a matter of fact, I hope to do another contemporary book after I finish the next Matthew book as well. I’m planning on doing seven more Matthew books, so it looks like I’m not going to be sitting around in retirement like I thought I was going to be a few years ago, so in that instance my crystal ball was severely cracked. And I’m glad it was, because I really am enjoying writing the Matthew series.
So…that’s basically where I’m going for the next few years. At one point I’d hoped to be able to do a Matthew book every year, but they’re too complicated for that and I do need some downtime between them. This idea about the band has really reached out and grabbed me, so we’ll see. This is kinda scary for me because I haven’t written a contemporary book for a good long while (as in many years).
Again, thanks for your comments and your participation on the website. Thanks for all your well-wishes and your appreciation of my work, and I’ll talk to you again further along the way.
September 15, 2008