Today, Gentle Reader, I am introducing an new occasional series of
installments of questions I get constantly. I hope you out there also
want the answers to these questions because a great deal of people over
email certainly seem to.
How Could You End It?
delighted you liked the series but it is finished at five books. I
believe in leaving a party while I am still enjoying it, and, perhaps
more importantly, while others are still enjoying my company. I've never
been a "beat that dead horse, beat it!" kind of author.
wanted to have one arc completed in case I get run over. Far too many of
my favorite authors have died on me without finishing their long
running sagas. Or worse, been dropped by their publisher and never
finshed a series.
I'm looking at you, Ann Maxwell.
gotten bitter, I now rarely pick up a new series before the author has
finished it. I know, this makes me the kind of reader authors and
publishers hate. I'm embarased to admit it openly, but I'm a very
emotional reader and I can't help what disappointment has forced me to
become. So I finished Alexia's journey because I wanted the Parasol
Protectorate to go out there and pull in new readers, like me, who would
only pick up the first book with the intrinsic satisfaction of knowing
there was a last one already available.
I hope you will forgive the few loose ends left in Timeless
I did try to tie up as much as possible while keeping it realistic.
After all, not everything in life ends with a comforting cup of tea.
do rest assured that familiar friends and faces will turn up in both of
my new series. The Finishing School and the Parasol Protectorate Abroad
are set in the same universe before and after the Alexia books. You can
read the official press release here.
One of the great pleasures of writing with immortals is that they are immortal, and so can show up throughout time.
I blog about the writing practicalities
in ending a series, and my emotional
feelings on the matter.
Thanks again for your affection for my characters.
GAIL'S DAILY DOSE
Your Moment of Parasol . . .
Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
PROJECT ROUND UP
~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First:
Release date Fall 2013. Writing rough draft. Crew has arrived in Bombay, I've paused draft for . . .
Deportment & Deceit
~ The Finishing School Book the Second:
Received next pass edits, second major revision under way.
Etiquette & Espionage
~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 5, 2013.
Working promo schemes to begin September.
~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless
) Reviewing chapter by chapter, each drops on YenPlus
by subscription. Print release tentatively
Film announcement as seen in Locus.
Quote of the Day:
invalid carriages are furnished with comfortable couches, easy springs,
abundant conveniences; and have the great advantage that they secure
absolute privacy, and that they do away with the trying changes from one
train to another, since the whole carriage is simply uncoupled from one
engine, shunted to another line, and taken up by the new train."
~ Lillias Campbell Davidson, 1889