[2015 Amendment: the series title would eventually become the Custard Protocol]
It’s official, Gentle Reader! The announcement has been made. In addition to writing the new YA series, The Finishing School, and shepherding the Soulless manga into existence, I will be writing a new adult series for Orbit called the Parasol Protectorate Abroad. If you’ve finished Heartless you know who that series will feature! The first one will be called Prudence and the second Imprudence.
For those of you who have been following my blog regularly, this was secret project PPA. I’ll begin writing it next year, the first book to appear, hopefully, in 2013 but it could be more like 2014.
The delay is on me, Gentle Reader, for which I apologize. I asked for a bit of a breather. I’ve been writing 2~3 books a year plus travel and promotion for the past several years. During part of that time I was also teaching and traveling to excavate. I’ve ended relationships and started new ones. I’ve moved house, switched careers, had various medical kerfuffles, and commenced a second blog. I’ve taken tentative steps into self publishing. Mostly, I just need a break. And to take a break now means trickle down effects in the future. I need to balance my future deadlines as well, it was one of the life lessons learned early this year. Now, hopefully, one book will be due in the spring (Finishing School) and one in the winter (PPA). Release dates will depended on how the publishing houses decides to release the books and in what format. I will keep you informed as and when I can.
SPOILER ALERT for Blameless and Heartless
My intention with the Parasol Protectorate Abroad books is to explore the wider ramifications of my Steampunk British Empire, not just how technology has altered but how vampires and werewolves have evolved differently in other parts of the world. I’m not going to tell you too much, as Timeless will give you some set up for this series. But sufficient to say, that the Prudence currently in my head has much of her mother’s go-get-em attitude mixed with a bit of her father’s temper and a certain love of fashion the result of a particularly colorful upbringing. She and her crack dirigible team lark about performing Leverage-like infiltration and rescue missions at the behest of (but if asked they will deny everything) Queen Victorian and her shadow council. It is going to be so very fun!
Being a writer, of course, all this is subject to change without notice at the whim of the muse.
A reminder I’m running a contest this month to win foreign editions of the Parasol Protectorate books.
GAIL’S DAILY DOSE
Your Moment of Parasol . . .
How to make a parasol from and umbrella.
Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Some thoughts on sacrificing plot and character.
Frankfurt Germany Meet Up. Fox and Hound Pub Tuesday Night October 11, 2011.
Quote of the Day:
“The smallest bookstore still contains more ideas of worth than have been presented in the entire history of television.”
~ Andrew Ross