There's nothing quite like cracking off the mental rust and having that first productive day of a new book. Granted, there are invariably a host of dead-ends, pitfalls, and blind curves ahead of me, but it feels good to insert the key into the ol' creative ignition, give it a turn and hear (with relief) a humming engine.
With WILLOW FROST waiting in the wings, I've jumped from research to actual writing on my currently untitled book #3. I can't say much at this point, just that it's another Seattle tale—I thought I'd do at least three before venturing elsewhere. This novel is set between 1909 and 1959. And it's another emotional roller coaster, a bit of a noble romantic tragedy if you will. Hopefully I'll find some moments of redemption.
In other news, foreign rights to SONGS OF WILLOW FROST have been sold in Italy, Norway, Germany, Brazil, France, Australia/New Zealand, and the UK (which will also release the book on September 10).
And I'll be at Book Expo America in NYC at the end of the month, along with 499 other authors on autograph row. But, if you're near the Big Apple and would like to get your hands on an Advance Reader's Copy of WILLOW, here's your chance.