Now that I’m (momentarily) home from book tour, this seemed like a good time to unveil my Grand Plan for the rest of the series.
As many of you know, the initial plan for the next book, Pink X, involved Tommy Fluellen (Robert’s best friend from The Temptation of the Night Jasmine), Kat Reid (Alex Reid’s twin sister), and something to do with Wales, underground Welsh groups with unpronounceable names, and the first proto-railroad. I started work on it– and found myself roundly whupped upside the head by a very irate Miss Gwen demanding to know why I was wasting my time with them (and proto-railroads) when it was so clearly her turn.
I hate it when characters are right.
Not only did Miss Gwen’s book follow logically in the series, it also forced me to take a step back and think hard about the future of the series as a whole. Miss Gwen’s book leads very logically into Jane’s book– and, as we all know, Jane’s book will be the Official End of the Series.
There are, of course, ways to push off the Official End of the Series, interesting by-ways one could take, Napoleonic officials to torment, side characters to play with (and, hey, let’s not forget that proto-railroad!), but, in doing so, I would be doing both the series and all of you a disservice. It would be a case of delaying to delay– and I would never want to risk Pink becoming one of those series that meanders on and on without ever coming to a satisfying resolution (like the 90’s TV remake of Dark Shadows; I’m still bitter about that).
The bottom line? The time has come to tie the various plot threads together. There will be two more Official Pink Books: Pink X, which is Miss Gwen’s book, and Pink XI, which is Jane’s book.
That doesn’t mean that I’ll be leaving Pink Land behind forever. I very much hope to write a Christmas novel about Sally Fitzhugh (because if Turnip has one, Sally has to have one, too!), and I harbor vague schemes of writing a mystery novel starring Eloise and Colin. I’m also not ruling out the possibility of side novels about side characters (Tommy Fluellen and Kat Reid, I’m looking at you!). And, of course, there will be more little novellas and bonus chapters, like Ivy & Intrigue and Bunny & Biscuits.
As always, my plans tend to change on me, so take this all with a grain of salt– but right now, the plan is for the Pink Carnation series to come to a Thrilling Conclusion sometime in 2014 with Pink XI.
In the meantime, though, stay tuned for plenty of Pink!