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October Update

The October monthly update, a couple of days late, as I got distracted. So what am I working on?

Allegiance, book 3 of the Stargate Atlantis Legacy series, will be out in 4-6 weeks! While it's Melissa and Amy's book, not mine, I'm really delighted to have the next book in the series out and I'm looking forward to hearing what you guys think of it. I enjoyed it a lot and I can't wait for the next bits of plot to be revealed!

Hopefully, everything with MGM running smoothly, book 4, The Avengers, will then be out in February or March. That's my solo book and I'm very proud of it. It's the women kick butt book, Teyla's book, with the action moved along by Sam, Jennifer, Queen Death, and yes, in a way by Elizabeth Weir. Is she really just Quicksilver's dream? And if so, why is Teyla dreaming about her too? I'm also very pleased with a cameo scene I wrote for Daniel Jackson, my first time writing him professionally.

But not the last! Moebius Squared is off at Fandemonium for edits, a time travel adventure with SG-1 -- twice! When the post-Continuum team has to travel back in time to stop a nefarious plot, their only help is from the AU team left behind in Moebius. Two Daniels, two Sams, two Teal'cs, one Jack, one Cameron, and one Vala are definitely mayhem squared in Early Dynastic Egypt! Melissa and I had a lot of fun with it and we hope you do too.

The big news of course is Fortune's Wheel, the first of my original novels set in the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars, which has been bought by Gallery Books, a part of Simon & Schuster! It will be out next October, a year from now. I'm working on final revisions, and I truly think it's my best work to date. It may have a new title in the near future, so I'm waiting to see what that will be, and also crossing my fingers that its sequel will be bought by Gallery Books as well. Meanwhile, I'm 3/4 of the way finished with the third book. I love these characters so much and I hope that you enjoy their adventures as much as I have living in their world for years and years.

So, questions? About any of them? The floor is open, and I hope you all have a beautiful month.

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florastuart
Oct. 10th, 2011 09:17 pm (UTC)
I have a question! *pokes head in, waves shyly* I’ve read all three of the Numinous World books and *loved* them – very much looking forward to Fortune’s Wheel. I am very impressed by the amount of detail in all of these, and the way you make a different world and a different way of thinking come to life. My question is – how do you know when you’ve done enough research and you’re ready to start writing?

I’m not a historian, so I don’t have much training in how to do historical research; beyond that, I find I tend to use research as a way to procrastinate on actually starting the story. But I do want it to feel realistically different.

On a more specific note – I have a project I’m getting ready to start that’s set in France around 1789-94. Do you have any recommendations for books (in English) that would be good for getting an overview and orienting yourself in that time period?
jo_graham
Oct. 10th, 2011 09:35 pm (UTC)
Hi! *waves back*

I'm so glad you've been enjoying my books! Thank you!

The way I know it's time to start writing is when I start being able to see the places as real. For example, in Hand of Isis I spent a lot of time looking at pictures of the underwater excavations of the Palace Quarter in Alexandria, recovered artifacts, maps, ruins, etc. There is a moment when it stops being a collection of pictures and suddenly it's a real place with characters walking through it. I stop seeing individual columns and noting the Ionic order and start seeing a room that Charmian lived in. There's a moment when it comes to life. I don't know if this happens for anyone else, but that's how I know I'm ready!

This is my go-to overview of the French Revolution! It's absolutely the best introduction I've ever seen, easy to understand and yet surprisingly in depth. Given that used copies are starting at $0.02, you should get it!
florastuart
Oct. 11th, 2011 10:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, that is very cool! I hadn't thought of it that way, but it makes sense - your descriptions of the places certainly make them real for the reader.

And thank you so much for the book rec - I have ordered it! *g*
jo_graham
Oct. 12th, 2011 11:04 am (UTC)
Thank you! One of my goals is to make the past vivid, to make it feel as though you could walk through places that don't exist anymore. (Or, in sci fi, places that never have!)
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