As I gleefully announced on Friday, my book deal is now complete. Tor Books will publish my debut novel, Waking up Dead, in the Spring of 2012. The following fall the second novel in the trilogy, tentatively titled Hollywood Dead, will come out. The final book, Deadly Revelations, is due in the Spring of 2013.
Writing those sentences brings me great joy. I love the characters in these novels. They live under layers of expectations and hidden desires. I can’t wait to share them with the world. The moment I’ve daydreamed about the most as a writer is getting a question about some tiny detail, a character’s choice of word or why there’s a ceramic rooster in the vampire’s kitchen, that tells me someone let the story live in their imagination.
But writing those sentences also fills me with a sense of fear. It seems there are millions of things I should be doing, along with things I should already have done. I need to join new groups so I can network with other authors. I need a ‘slug line’ – a single sentence that encapsulates my book. I should think about bookmarks, or other give aways. I need to get on the conference circuit. I should be promoting.
At the same time, there’s a new book rattling around in my brain. Waking up Dead is about a war veteran who returns home after a vampire attack leaves her with lab grown muscles in her arm and leg. The Army taught her how to use her abilities as a spirit witch, so she can tell when someone is lying, she can communicate with dead spirits, and when she shakes your hand she knows what you’re feeling. When one of the guys from her squad ends up dead and the police get paid to cover it up, she refuses to let things go. Elisabeth Hicks is a strong, take charge woman.
The main character of the new idea is a lot softer. She’s a professor of demonology who’s used to the safety of books and college classrooms. When her officemate is murdered she’s forced to turn to her ex-fiancée, a red skinned demon from hell, to protect her.
In all the time I’ve been writing and dreaming about publishing, I never realized I’d have to let two very different ladies share the space in my head like this. It’s a juggling act, but it’s one I’m eager to practice.
April 12, 2011 @ 7:57 PM
Ugh. Just reading about all the things you have to juggle gives me a headache. 🙂 Good luck!
April 13, 2011 @ 10:24 AM
Thanks for the comment, Jami. I’ll take all the good luck I can get.
April 12, 2011 @ 8:12 PM
Congratulations! Your trilogy sounds dead interesting (sorry, couldn’t resist 🙂 ).
I worry about juggling everything. There just aren’t enough hours in the day (and I don’t even have a book contract). But you have an obvious passion for your work, so I hope that helps see you through.
April 13, 2011 @ 10:22 AM
Thanks, Nigel! I agree there aren’t enough hours in the day, but writing matters more than anything else.
Paul Anthony Shortt
April 13, 2011 @ 4:53 AM
Well done on the book deal. I love the sound of your trilogy so I’ll keep an eye out for it.
Sometimes I feel completely intimidated by the amount of work that’s involved after the deal is agreed. Best of luck with it!
April 13, 2011 @ 10:21 AM
Paul: The work is intimidating, but I’m so glad to have it. And I promise to coat the blog and twitter with announcements when the books come out. ;> Thanks for your comment.
April 13, 2011 @ 9:38 AM
Congratulations! Three times, to cover each book.
It is hard to compartmentalise your brain – I am not even close to being published, but I know that I tend to get an idea for the next book before I’ve quite finished the current one. I have to lock one away so that I can work on the other. But the first one still needs editing once the first draft is finished, and the next idea is still there, taunting me…
Good luck with everything – I’m sure it’s thoroughly deserved! The juggling act will never stop – I worry about my characters rubbing off on each other when they both sit in my head. I tend to make them start arguing instead, just so I don’t forget what makes each one an individual 😀
April 13, 2011 @ 10:25 AM
Anne: Arguments? I think my heroines would end up in a knock down drag out fight, with Hicks getting out her Glock and…
Thanks for the comment, it got me laughing. 🙂