This past year I wrote the first book of a new series. THIS DAME FOR HIRE will be published in hardcover next June or July by Ballantine. This was a two book deal with the second book due by July 1st, 2005.
Have I started it yet? Guess. I know who the victim will be and that's all. I have most of the characters because this is a series. That's both good and bad. Good for the obvious reason and bad because I don't get to create that many new people.
The thing is I'm tired. I don't feel like writing yet. I turned in the first one mid-July.
So, I'm stalling. Since it takes place in New York 1943 I tell myself I have to read this, I have to read that. But I did a lot of research to write the first one. Nevertheless....
I've given myself a start time. October 4th. That's a Monday.
I don't have to know much more than who the victim is. I never know who did it until way into the book. So when October 4th comes around I won't have any excuses even if I don't know any more than I do now.
I hope my editor never reads this.