Oh, so many feelings. So yesterday I had a two-hour conversation with darling new editor–seriously, the girl crush I have is getting absurd. But as I tweeted, she calls and my first thought is, “ERMAHGERD. MER ERDERTER.” She’s a fireball of enthusiasm and yesterday’s chat was about where we are going next. Y’all are getting ready to read A SPEAR OF SUMMER GRASS, but I’ve already had the first go at CITY OF JASMINE and am preparing to revise it, and need to be developing the next novel in the queue. (Never mind the novellas which are springing up like mushrooms around here!)
So yesterday’s call involved me pitching an idea–a BIG IDEA–that has elicited a few “OH MY GODs” from the people I’ve discussed it with. That’s always a very good or very bad sign. In this case, it’s good. So good that editor asked me to write up the proposal and send it in! It’s beyond exciting to have a project I am SO enthralled with appeal to my editor as well. (And I discussed it with my agent this morning and got the same reaction from her–score!)
She also approved the novella proposal for the second Julia Grey project–yay! All of the JG novellas are set around British holidays, and I can tell you this one features Midsummer Night. I can also tell you it’s set at Bellmont Abbey and the place is CRAWLING with Marches–and a very special guest from Scotland in the form of the ancient and amorous Duke of Aberdour. This one will be out this autumn, and I have another delicious secret to reveal about this novella, but not just yet…
Of course, my other intense feels right now are about the release of A SPEAR OF SUMMER GRASS–ONE WEEK, PEOPLE! I can’t believe it is finally here. I wrote the bulk of this book a year and a half ago while the house was torn up with contractors replacing all twenty some-odd windows in the middle of December. They even kindly put my study window at the front of the list so I could get back to work as quickly as possible! It was still chaos, but out of the chaos came a book that I’m pretty crazy about. Did I mention I was terrified to write this book? Totally. There was never a day I sat down to write that I wasn’t nervous as hell and actually sick upon occasion. But terror apparently makes me a better writer because the scenes that scared me the most are the best in the book. (I think. Of course, this is entirely subjective and your mileage may vary.)
And it’s an odd thing to invest so heavily in a book and then have things essentially go dormant for a year. The final edits were done a year ago and since then I’ve written two novellas and another book. SPEAR has faded a little from memory, and my mental pictures of the scenes have gone soft and blurry around the edges. But now it’s time to share it with readers, and I couldn’t be more excited. I am fairly jumping out of my skin about now–and I don’t see that changing any time soon.