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2012 was a bumper year for me. Five books!

First up was The Furies, delayed from a 2011 release. I think The Furies is my favorite of the Legacy series books because it centered on Teyla and Sam, two of my favorite characters to write, and also because I got to write a lot of the Wraith, which I enjoy tremendously. I love to expand and look around the corners of things from the episodes, to explore this wonderful universe a little more. The Furies gave me a chance to do that, and to play with some longer plot threads, like when Ronon's team investigates the Ancient outpost and that pays off in the next book.

Second was Lost Things, an original novel with Melissa Scott. I can't even express how much I love the characters and the world of Lost Things -- our world in the 1920s, a secret history of magic and adventure just beneath the surface. Lost Things is a secret history, which is my favorite kind of story -- a story about something marvelous that is happening in our world, only most people don't know about it. And I love these characters. I hope you do too and that you'll turn up for their future adventures.

Third was Secrets. Melissa and I were getting this collaborating thing down now, on our third book together, and I think it shows in the way the sections support each other even when the characters are in different places. I love Rodney's return to himself and the long, tense sequence with Rodney, Ronon and Jennifer stranded. And Osprey's Tale. I enjoyed writing that so much.

Fourth was The General's Mistress, the book closest to my heart. I began this book in 1992, and it took twenty years to reach print. Based on the memoirs of a real person, Elza is an extraordinary heroine. Her search for the meaning of liberty, personal and national, is just amazing to me, and I will never get tired of writing her. (Which is good, as there are several more books!)

Last was Moebius Squared, which just came out. It's a fun romp with SG-1 through Ancient Egypt, meaning I got to indulge my love of Ancient Egypt and SG-1 at the same time!

So how do I write an unbelievable five books a year? First, they weren't all written at once. The General's Mistress was substantially finished in 2007, before I wrote Hand of Isis. It just takes that long to sell and produce. Lost Things was written in 2010 -- but again, sales and production. The Furies was originally scheduled for 2011, but was pushed back because of MGM's bankruptcy and sale. Everything came to harvest at once, but it wasn't written at once.

So what did I actually write in 2012?

Lifeboat -- an original science fiction novel with Amy Griswold. Think Andre Norton or Marion Zimmer Bradley, that kind of old school adventure with a group of space travelers shipwrecked on a strange planet. We did the entire first draft last spring, and the second draft will be forthcoming this spring. Hopefully it will sell.

Steel Blues -- sequel to Lost Things, the Gilchrist Aviation team is back in business with a coast to coast air race, a cursed necklace, a jewel thief, and the unsolved murders of a notorious serial killer! One thing I really enjoyed was writing New Orleans, one of my favorite cities, in the 1930s. That whole middle section in New Orleans was just so much fun to write! Steel Blues will be out April 1, 2013.

The Inheritors -- book six and final in the Legacy series. Boy it's a wrap up! There were some scenes I had been itching to write for a couple of years as we set them up, and the payoff was sweet! Look for The Inheritors out in the first quarter of 2013.

Silver Bullet -- the first 80,000 words of it, anyway, as the end will wrap into 2013. This is the sequel to Lost Things and Steel Blues. A haunted silver mine, a series of mysterious air crashes, and Nikola Tesla -- what could be more fun? Silver Bullet should be out late in 2013.

Also I wrote the first 15,000 words of a retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo from the point of view of Haidee, the slave girl who joins him in his quest for revenge. I'm hoping to sell that on a partial and proposal, so we'll see what happens with that. Hopefully I'll be working on Haidee in 2013.

So what about the Numinous World? There are two more Elza books completed and awaiting sale, The Emperor's Companion and The Marshal's Lover. Hopefully they'll be bought in 2013, depending on the sales of The General's Mistress. I didn't work on the fourth Elza book this year as there are two unsold books ahead of it and I have part of that book done, a 30,000 word chunk of the Russian campaign.

I did do some sketching on another ancient world book, a Numinous World book set in 18th dynasty Egypt, what is probably chronologically the first book, about five hundred years before Black Ships. I'm not entirely sure about the structure of that one yet, but I'm pleased with the feel of the pieces I've done.

So that's my year in review. Any thoughts?


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Dec. 31st, 2012 06:27 pm (UTC)
I hope you enjoy them! I have my fingers crossed for Lifeboat and the Elza books too!
Dec. 31st, 2012 04:48 pm (UTC)
"Also I wrote the first 15,000 words of a retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo from the point of view of Haidee, the slave girl who joins him in his quest for revenge. I'm hoping to sell that on a partial and proposal, so we'll see what happens with that. Hopefully I'll be working on Haidee in 2013."

OH! I want to read this one! The Count of Monte Christo is one of my favorite stories, and I have alwasy wondered what Haidee's story was.

Dec. 31st, 2012 06:30 pm (UTC)
I'm very excited about Haidee! I hope an editor is interested in it.
Dec. 31st, 2012 05:44 pm (UTC)
That is a lot of words! I hope all the not-yet-sold ones sell, and I am vastly looking forward to more Order of the Air and sitting down & reading the whole Legacy series.
Dec. 31st, 2012 06:53 pm (UTC)
It is a pile of words! :)

I'm glad you're looking forward to more of the Order of the Air -- it's such a fun series, and Melissa and I are having so much fun with it. There will be a little break once we finish Silver Bullet while she does other things, and then hopefully in the late summer we'll start work on the fourth book, Wind Raker. Hawaii!
Jan. 1st, 2013 12:12 am (UTC)
Onward and upwards, Jo. Things can only get better, eh?

May 2013 bring you joy, (more) success, and at least one decent paycheck. ;) Blessings, my friend. Be safe, be well.

P.S. If Lifeboat don't sell, I expect to see it in some form or other where I can read it, please. Though I have no doubt it will.

Edited at 2013-01-01 12:14 am (UTC)
Jan. 1st, 2013 11:50 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! And the same to you!

One decent paycheck would be nice. OMG.

I will sell Lifeboat somewhere. I have confidence! :)
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