Category: misc

Look out for BRIMSTONE in 2017

Upon reflection, the title of this post sounds pretty apocalyptic – but you know what? I’m cool with that, because the announcement is APOCALYPTICALLY AWESOME … in my perhaps-less-than-unbiased opinion. Are you ready? Here goes:

You remember how a couple of months ago I was noodling with a project? This project was a subtropical (art)deco mystery about a friendly medium in a historic spiritualist community teaming up with a shell-shocked haberdasher who’s receiving love notes from hell … as inspired by a real place and a real set of bizarre (otherworldly?) incidents. Its working title was Cassadaga.

With a little re-tooling, that project has been reborn as Brimstone – and you guys, my marvelous editor at Roc has called dibbs! That’s right – early in 2017 Brimstone will be published by the same team responsible for Maplecroft!

[:: tee shirt cannon ::]
[:: confetti gun ::]
[:: glitter pompoms ::]

So to answer the obvious question – no, this is not a continuation of the Lizzie Borden stories. This is an altogether different tale; Brimstone is a stand-alone piece about two strangers with a foe in common – the ghost of a vengeful Inquisitor who still has a taste for burning witches. Consider it one part Penny Dreadful and one part American Horror Story, with a splash of tragic romance and a fabulous retro setting.

IT IS GOING TO BE AWESOME. APOCALYPTICALLY AWESOME. And I am thoroughly psyched to have another project in the queue with the fine folks at Roc!

So you may be asking yourself – why such a late production date? Well, I’ll tell you: This year, I still have three books coming out [I Am Princess X, Chapelwood, and The Family Plot], plus another one to write for Tor [The Seventh Bridge]. Besides that, I may hypothetically have another project or two on the horizon this year, so I need to leave a little breathing room in my schedule. Therefore, my deadline on this one doesn’t land until March of 2016.

I can only type so fast, you know?

BUT THERE YOU HAVE IT. Another book in the queue! And it’s dark and creepy and fun, and I’m thrilled silly that my editor Anne was game to give it a go! Thanks so much to her, and to my fabulous agent, and to all of you readers out there. We do it all for you :)

As sure as night is dark and day is light

Here’s recent progress on my rural gothic monster story about small-town secrets, old family lies, accidental legend-tripping, and a missing newlywed in the Okefenokee swamp – where you can drive SR 177 from west to east and cross six bridges…or take it from east to west, and you might hit seven. (But you’d better hope not.)


    Project: The Seventh Bridge
    Deadline: January 15, 2016
    New words written: 1296
    Present total word count: 6843



    Things Accomplished in Fiction: Talked to self a lot; debated calling the cops; tried to stay cool; went driving around looking for missing wife and/or missing bridge.

    Things Accomplished in Real Life: Neighborhood jaunt with dog; ran to Walgreens; went to the post office; went to lunch; went back and forth re: several things via email; got the inbox down to *almost* zero.

    Other: I realize that’s a non-spectacular word count, but in my defense – I’m also working on a short story that’s due next month (for an anthology – not sure it’s public info yet, so I’ll keep the details to myself). To that end, I’ve also written 1884 words on top of that count above. Therefore, I will update the year’s total (below) accordingly.

    Number of fiction words so far this year: 32,915


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Cat update: The kitty had her Little Old Lady Cat Checkup + booster shots yesterday, and she was about as outraged as you might expect – but the news was mostly good. Her blood levels are generally fine, her teeth (all original!) look great, and she’s gained back half a pound – which is fantastic, considering she lost a pound last year.

The only iffy bit is her kidney function. In short, she’s starting to show early signs of kidney decline, but those signs are very early indeed. For now, all it means is a change in kibble – a change which has been WILDLY well received. The special veterinary diet stuff vanished from her bowl as soon as I added it.

So. Three cheers for THAT.

This little dream might fade away

Here’s recent progress on my rural gothic monster story about small-town secrets, old family lies, accidental legend-tripping, and a missing newlywed in the Okefenokee swamp – where you can drive SR 177 from west to east and cross six bridges…or take it from east to west, and you might hit seven. (But you’d better hope not.)


    Project: The Seventh Bridge
    Deadline: January 15, 2016
    New words written: 1551
    Present total word count: 5547



    Things Accomplished in Fiction: Got tunnel vision; didn’t exactly crash; didn’t exactly land; didn’t exactly stop; woke up alone.

    Things Accomplished in Real Life: [since yesterday] Neighborhood jaunt with dog; lunch with my cousin; ice cream with my cousin; shopping with my cousin; yet more laundry because it never ends; went to post office; grabbed lunch today; had an hour-long phone call with my marvelous agent, but can’t talk about that just yet.

    Other: I will have good news to report, I promise! One of these days! But today is not that day; today is a day of trying to get this story back on track – and this evening will go to yet more writing and/or revising of another project or two, depending. You see, I have good reason to suspect that the shit is about to hit the fan…so I need to get a jump on things while I still have the luxury of doing so. If one can call that a “luxury.”

    Bonus! Awesome Other: OKAY YOU GUYS GUESS WHAT – I Am Princess X [June, from Scholastic] has nabbed a starred Booklist review! [:: throws confetti ::] [:: the crowd goes wild ::] I can’t link to it from here so everyone can see it, but I did grab an excerpt for my “Reviews” page if you’re curious.

    Bonus! Bonus: It looks like the School Library Journal liked it too, though I don’t yet have an official version of that review to excerpt :)

    Number of fiction words so far this year: 29,735


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This is my cousin’s cat, Frederick – and I love him, for he is fluffy and ridiculous.

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