I had a Cunning Plan. Last summer, just for fun, I’d written the first few chapters of a contemporary romance novel. I’d never written in that genre before, so it seemed like a challenge and a nice palette cleanser before going back to Pink.
But then, while I was in the middle of it, I got a call telling me that not only did my old publisher want two more Pink books, but St. Martin’s Press wanted the Kenya-set 1920s book I’d been working on and another stand alone historical novel on top of that. Suddenly, I had deadlines coming out of my ears (if deadlines can be said to do such a thing) and I reluctantly put Dare Me aside. It was just for fun, anyway, and who knew if it was any good?
The problem was that I’d kind of fallen in love with those characters and I didn’t want to let them go.
Here comes the Cunning Plan. In an ideal world, I was going to finish Pink X, Miss Gwen’s book, by the end of July. That would leave me the month of August to follow up on my half-written chapters of Dare Me before starting in on my next historical stand alone for St. Martin’s. In the meantime, I would post the chapters in serial form here on the website and if they got the thumbs down, they would go gently into that great file cabinet in the study, and if they got the thumbs up, I’d use August to power through the rest of the book. I already had a bunch of the later chapters partly written and an outline that took me through most of the book. I could pick up seamlessly where I’d left off and give you more chapters than I’d promised, keeping the serial going through the fall.
As with all Cunning Plans, there was an unexpected hitch: I hadn’t accounted for Miss Gwen. As those of you who follow me on this site and on Facebook know, I’m still in the midst and Miss Gwen is leading me a merry (well, sometimes merry, other times just plain mad) dance through the plot of The Passion of the Purple Plumeria. Instead of having an open August, I’m in a desperate deadline crunch.
BUT. Your response to Dare Me has convinced me that it would be wrong– wrong!– to leave Kristy and Jack hanging. This isn’t a File Cabinet Situation. It’s not going to happen this month, or even next month, but I am going to do everything I can to find a clear space to finish their story. (Right now, I’m thinking February, once I hand the manuscript of the next stand alone in.) So stay tuned– I’ll post more as soon as I’m done wrangling Miss Gwen!