What’s next? (2014 and beyond edition)
So you might have noticed my virtual happy dance last week because I turned in the finished manuscript of (the book formerly known as) Arcadia Falls. It’s been a long, slow road with that book, not only because I’ve been working outside my comfort zone but because I’ve been struggling with a bit of burn out. I’ve been writing almost non-stop since 2006 and after Where the Stars Still Shine was released, I hit the wall. Anyway, my editor has some strong bones on which to hang editorial suggestions and I’m looking forward to revisions—after a self-imposed no-writing vacation through the holidays.
In the meantime, there is no news on a title yet (I sent some suggestions with the manuscript) or cover (it’s still early days), but I’m excited to imagine what the cover might look like. The tone of (the book formerly known as) Arcadia Falls is darker and more sinister than my other novels, so I’m hoping the design will reflect that difference. We’ll see!
It’s weird that I don’t have a book coming out in 2014 but I’m pretty thrilled that Where the Stars Still Shine will (likely) hit shelves in the Czech Republic and Brazil in 2014 so we’ll have those covers to look forward to, as well as the paperback edition in the United States.
But…but…I will not be sitting idle in the new year. In addition to revisions, I’ve got two—yes, two—manuscripts in the works, including an epistolary adult novel about sailing and a YA set in Berlin. That’s really all I can say about these right now because they’re not books. This is not a deal announcement. No happy dances yet because I’m about to embark on the hard work stage of the game. But I’m really, really excited to write these stories and I hope one day you’ll find them in bookstores.
And since 2013 isn’t over quite yet, I’d like to end this year with an enormous thank you to everyone who bought and loved Where the Stars Still Shine this year. Your support means the world to me! And if you still have it on your TBR pile for 2014 or have a gift card burning to buy a copy, thanks to you, too. I hope you love reading it as much as I loved writing it!
Finally, no matter how you celebrate, I hope your holiday is filled with love and happiness, and that the new year brings you the best—whatever that may be.