Today’s guest is the wonderful and fabulous Thea Harrison! Please, everyone say hello
First, thank you, Lauren, for inviting me to visit on your blog. I’m delighted to be here! And while I’m visiting here with Lauren, she’s kindly agreed to visit on my blog too.
Periodically I like to ask on Twitter what people would be interested in reading, because the blogs are, after all, for the readers. I got lots of great suggestions, but the one that stood out for me was the tweet that I am now using as a blog title: “Why the hell I never remember what I went into the kitchen for.”
The life of a professional full-time writer can get, like any other job, quite complicated. At the moment I have four projects that are in various stages of completion.
• I just finished revisions on LORD’S FALL, which is scheduled for a November 6th release. This tight of a turnaround means that very soon, I can expect copyedits—this is the stage where one goes through for content, continuity, word choices, etc. Directly after that, I can expect the typeset proofs—this is where one goes through the story one final time for grammar and last minute content conflicts. Very soon I also expect to start work on the blog tour for this release.
• I’m writing book six, Aryal’s story, with a deadline on August 15th. Sorry, I have a title under submission with my editor, but I don’t know if she’s approved it or not, so I can’t tell you what this book will be called yet.
• I have a third full length novel (thankfully with the same editor as the first two projects!) that will need revisions, and I expect to hear details of that—along with another deadline—within the next couple of weeks. Sorry, no agreed-upon title for this one yet either, although I do expect one soon. The projected release date for this is April 2, 2013.
• I have a novella under submission with my Samhain editor, Elder Races #4 HUNTING SEASON, and I expect a variety of things after that is accepted (which we all believe will happen, although it hasn’t happened yet). The projected release date for this is September 18th. There will be finalizing cover art, copyedits, and a blog tour for this one.
This feels like a lot of irons in the fire to me. Not only do I have four different storylines floating around in my head, along with the main and secondary characters, and I have two different created universes, with different timelines, magic structures and events, I also have OTHER projects—upcoming stories that are percolating in their own little pots. I have one strong idea for a contemporary, and another baby idea not yet ready to hatch. In the Elder Races universe, I have three strong ideas ready for me to work on once I get past Aryal’s story. This is all exciting and fun and positive, but what does it all really mean?
It means my head is very busy. It means I am often at a place where I forget “real life” things. I have actually been known to put the salt and pepper in the fridge before. And when I work a seven day work week, it’s entirely possible—in fact probable—that I might forget what day it is.
And what did I actually go into the kitchen for?
Readers, do you have busy times in your life when you misplace your keys and forget to take out the trash?
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