Shouldn’t I have done this in January? Probably, but that would make me the efficient, on-the-ball sort of writer who gets chided by all of the other writers for setting the bar too high (or, more accurately, picking it up off the floor).
I don’t intentionally align my novel timelines with the calendar year, but they tend to work out that way. I started writing The Winter Riddle in January 2016 and finished it that year. 2017 was Peril in the Old Country, and 2018 was Soul Remains (on shelves in April, preorder now, pardon the shameless plug — or don’t, I have no shame).
I finished Soul Remains in November 2018, and spent December and January putting my thoughts together for the yet-untitled, third-and-final book of Terribly Serious Darkness. I’ll start writing that right after I finish a short story for an anthology to be released later this year. The details are still under wraps, which is nice, as I have so few opportunities to be mysterious.
I don’t like working on more than one project at a time (see notes above re: writers’ aversion to efficiency), but I’m eager to write more about Sloot. It’s put me in the weird position of wanting to hurry through this short story, though I’d never dream of doing that. Writers might be lazy, but we’re also perfectionists when it comes to our work. I may, on occasion, skip insignificant practices like showering, cooking my hot dogs, or paying my taxes, but I’ve never affronted my editor with a manuscript I haven’t polished half a dozen times. And my tax guy always manages to drag me, kicking and screaming, down a torturous path paved with numbered forms just before I end up in jail every year, so I’m not entirely lazy. I just envy the dead their excuses.
Will There Be More Books About the Old Country?
I’ve been asked this several times, and I can say that it’s certainly a possibility. I’m curating a collection of bottled feelings, all of which surround the thought of finishing Terribly Serious Darkness 3 and having no more Sloot to write. I’ve got other projects on the horizon featuring new anti-heroes, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing where they’ll lead.
If I had to guess at the future, I’d say that I’ll probably write about the Old Country again. Sloot may not be the protagonist, but he’ll at least make an appearance.
I’ve got a few irons in the proverbial fire, all of which are farcical nonsense. We’ll see which one comes together first. For the sake of my readers, I really hope it’s not my memoir. So far, that one is mostly ruminations on disastrous hairstyles.
Can You Autograph My Copy?
I’m surprised and flattered by how often I’m asked this. I’m always more than happy to scribble in the fronts of books in person. It doesn’t even have to be one of mine. I’m not the sort of snob who would say, “that’s Carrie. You should have Stephen King do that one.”
Beyond in-person meetings, unfortunately, it’s not really feasible for me to handle the logistics involved in posting books. Luckily, I haunt Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego fairly often and scribble in the fronts of the copies on hand. If you’d like to buy one that I’ve defaced, they can ship you one.