I want to start this with an apology. I want you all to know I am painfully aware of the time lapse between the well-loved Use, and today, which is entirely too long.
I am sorry.
But before I explain my position, I also want to extend my gratitude. I’ve seen posts and tweets from authors talking about about rude readers who demand the next book in the series in a way that is abrasive and unbecoming.
I want to say this now, and unequivocally.
I have never gotten a rude email about Fiona’s next book.
I’ve gotten plenty of requests, polite questions and creative skootching in the form of teasers. But never, ever has a fan been rude or entitled. Not once. That’s because I have the BEST fans in the world. Thank you.
OK, now. Fiona.
She’s a terror isn’t she?
She is a textbook case of affluenza. She has absolutely no boundaries, and no way of knowing if what she’s doing is acceptable or not. She’s just fucked up. She only has wants and needs, and cannot distinguish between the two.
What was I thinking when I created her? Holey Moley. I really dealt myself a tough hand.
I told her story in a mental institution so she’d be in a controlled environment and I could slice her emotions up in an organized way. Back in her element, she’s overwhelming. I have some ideas of what the plot is supposed to do, but what Warren did at the end of Use was a surprise to me (that fucker) and it has to be dealt with. The ending I had planned is now trashed and the next book feels like it’s being constructed in a blender.
All this is going to take is commitment, and I’ve been short on that. One, Fiona’s books don’t sell well. They’re not romantic and they’re hard to pin down. That’s my fault. But sales notwithstanding, it’s not fair for me to avoid putting my nose to the grindstone and figuring this shit out. I can’t leave you hanging. I have to finish it.
But it won’t be on indie publishing time.
I have Coda in March. Looking at middle to third week. Then I want to crank out Rule, Theresa and Antonio’s last book. I have a short novella with the Consortium, and then, the second half of 2015 belongs to Fiona Drazen.
What will stop me from finishing her? A trad deal with an unwieldy schedule. But I really feel like, at this point, I have a responsibility to you, my gracious and patient readers, to complete her story.
I have some links you might like.
1) Coda, the continuation of Jonathan and Monica’s story, is available for preorder exclusively on iBooks. I’m not sure if I’m going to do an Amazon preorder. Not to bore you, but every retailer calculates preordered units differently. The way Amazon does it can bury a release, and I don’t want that for Coda. I’ll let you know how it shakes out. Stay tuned.
2) I’m in THREE 99c anthologies. It’s like an orgy of cheap, kinky sex. Shades of Kink doesn’t have a link yet, but watch out for it mid-February.
Shades of Kink
3) I’m doing a signing in Hollywood, CA on July 8th from 7-10pm, and the lineup is to die for and it’s taking place at St Stephen’s Episcopal Church.
There are 200 tickets. Half are gone. Why?
Pepper Winters, Kristy Bromberg, KI Lynn, Raine Miller, JM Darhower
Get your tickets here — http://bit.ly/1EeMldY