Rip van Who?

You know, I think Washington Irving was on to something about Rip Van Winkle.

Except in my version of the story, I fly to New York in April to attend my first Edgar Awards Banquet (it was amazing); catch a horrendous case of bronchitis on the flight home (or more likely on the way there, since I was seated in front of a poor, coughing teenager); am out of commission for a full two weeks; and then put my head down and …

WRITE. No sleeping, not for this Winkle.

As we speak, I’m nearing the conclusion of CITY OF SPIDERS–the sequel to CITY OF DRAGONS. I hoped to have it finish much earlier, but this has been an extremely challenging year in many ways, even for a double Gemini with Multi-Tasking as my middle name. Somewhere in June, I even celebrated a birthday … like van Winkle, I emerge from my blogless state older and a little confused.

From you, dear blog readers, I have been absent in the spring … but I hope you forgive me. 🙂 As soon as CITY OF SPIDERS is finished, my goal is to wax weekly at Writing in the Dark!

Now, today itself is of some note: FIRST THRILLS, the International Thriller Writers anthology featuring just a ton of wonderful authors, all of whom I’m honored to be published with–is released! My Miranda Corbie short story “Children’s Day” is included, and takes place nearly a year before CITY OF DRAGONS–the entire story is set during the World’s Fair on Treasure Island.

I was also very lucky to be interviewed by the San Francisco Examiner, and that article also came out today! So … between the solstice, the launch of FIRST THRILLS, and the Examiner, I decided to take a novel writing evening off. 😉

I’ll also be taking a weekend off to fly back to New York for Thrillerfest in just a couple of weeks! And soon … very soon, I hope … CITY OF SPIDERS will, at last, be finished.

THEN I sleep … and start writing again. 🙂

Thanks again for reading, and if you’re up New York way for Thrillerfest, I hope you stop by to say hello! 🙂