What I've Been Up To

Just realized I haven't updated the blog in a while. Yikes!

I've been meaning to keep things more regular around here (hey, not like that!) but have obviously been doing a poor job of it. I've just been busy, busy, busy. Here's a few things I've been working on ...

Legion, a standalone thriller that takes place in the Man of Wax universe but which is not part of the trilogy (think of it as a prequel of sorts), has gone through the initial editing phase and is currently with my agent and some other pre-readers. When will that be out? No idea, but a safe bet is sooner than later.

Bullet Rain, a standalone thriller that features Nova from No Shelter, is halfway complete. For a while I was pushing full-steam ahead on it, but then I got sidetracked on doing the edits for Legion and a few other things came up, and right now that's been put to the side. Basically, the book takes place right after the events of No Shelter and focuses on what trouble Nova gets into. It will eventually lead into the second Holly Lin novel The Devil You Know. When will it be out? Again, no idea, but hopefully within the next several months.

I was working on an essay for a project I was invited to submit to but bowed out when I realized the piece wasn't coming together as well as I would have liked. I really liked the idea I pitched, but it just wasn't working for me, and I'm not one to submit a subpar story/essay/whatever.

Currently working on what will probably be a novelette-sized story that I can't really talk more about at the moment, except that I'm really happy with where it's going and it should hopefully be out in the next month or two if all goes well.

Next month I start working on my portion of Refuge, a Jeremy Bishop novel that's being serialized by several other authors and which I talked about briefly here. I still don't know yet what my novella will be titled, but the brief outline I came up with passed muster (I hate outlining and, quite honestly, never do it, except for this project it was mandatory), and I think it will be a lot of fun. The deadline is November, I think, which will put some fire under my ass to get the thing done as soon as possible.

After all that, I hope to start working on the next Holly Lin novel (again, called The Devil You Know) and maybe even the third novel (Down In A Hole) before I finally begin on the third book in the Man of Wax trilogy, While Rome Burns.

But wait! some of you might say. Why not write the third MOW book FIRST???

Well, because No Shelter has been out much longer than Man of Wax, and it's a book that everyone seems to love and I've been slacking on telling more stories about Holly Lin and Nova, so that's why. Plus the third MOW book is going to be LONG, and I know already it's going to tire me out, while the Holly Lin books are just going to be a lot of fun to write. At least, that's how it was with the first one, so fingers crossed the same applies to the rest.

Actually, speaking of Holly Lin, if you haven't read the book yet, you might want to tune back in Friday for a special announcement ...

So that's what I've been up to.

What have YOU been up to?