This is normally when I’d do some kind of quirky retrospective on the year that’s just gone but, seriously, fuck 2016. If you’d told me when David Bowie died that things were only going to get worse, I’m not entirely sure I’d have believed you. And now look where we are.
Anyway. Publishing-wise I did keep to the informal targets I’m setting myself in that I got two books out, which is less than a lot of other writers in romance but more than, say, George RR Martin. I think having experimented with a fuller docket, I’m pretty comfortable with the idea that two books a year is about my level—and that’s roughly what you can expect from me going forward.
For people who are following my on-going series, Spires and Kate are both in transitional spaces right now. Kate III (Fire & Water) is actually mostly written, the first draft at least, but obviously I have to think about it on the context of the whole series. So, while you’re welcome to watch this space, be aware that it may remain a space for quite some time.
In terms of Spires, I feel that the series has sort of come to the end of its first, broad thematic arc. I confess I was sort of making this up as I went along but, as luck would have it, the first four books wound up being pretty much about loss in one way or another. And the next four I’ve got planned are all pretty much about, well, something else, while also being about other Spiresy stuff like place and identity and family. So essentially I’m claiming this was the plan for the series all along. Anyway I have to have some sort of news, one way or another, on Spires Phase II in the new year.
More concrete stuff: I have new trilogy coming out at the start of next year. It doesn’t yet have an agreed title, which makes talking about it a bit difficult (it’s currently up for pre-order as Arden St Ives Volume 1) but this is the queer bildom book that I’ve been mumbling about for a while. I’m actually really excited about it—I’m just super into the trope and I’m hoping I’ve done something interesting with it. Also writing a relationship over three books has been good fun. I think Book 1 is out late April or early May and I’m hoping the second book will come out by the end of the year (although isn’t confirmed yet).
Oh, whoops, I was meant to put in some useful links here and I forgot but here they are:
Finally, I’ve just about signed off on another thing that I, as ever, can’t talk about. At least not yet. But I hope to have news about this in the new year as well. Sorry to be so gnomic but I’m chuffed to bits and I can’t wait to tell you all about it.
Aaaaand, I think that’s it. Here’s hoping for a better 2017.