Leslie Karst here, pleased as (rum) punch to welcome the marvelous Sherry Harris to the Chicks today! And I have to ask you, are her book covers the best, or what? Take it away, Sherry!
The Great In Between
I’m in an odd spot right now. My last book, Three Shots to the Wind, came out at the end of March. My next book, Rum and Choke, comes out at the end of December. My current WIP (work in progress) is with my independent editor, Barb Goffman. It leaves me in a place of twirling my thumbs trying to figure out what I should be doing.
Okay, part of me knows that I should be setting up events for the release of Rum and Choke. That involves contacting people who have blogs and contacting bookstores to set up appearances live or virtual. And I’m still doing things to promote Three Shots. Another part of me is thinking it’s okay to take a little break. We just had company for five days and we took a road trip to Ohio.
Another part of my brain is firing off ideas for future books. I’ve been working on a few things this year in my spare time. One is a thriller, one is a romancey, action-adventure, mystery novel, and another is for a tenth Sarah Winston book. But all of them have their complications.
I’ve written about 18,000 words of the thriller. It’s an action thriller with four POVs and bombs going off. But then I wondered what it would be like to write more of a domestic thriller, so I took the same basic concept, changed the dad in the action thriller to a mom for the domestic. The protagonist is the same in both versions. She owns a flower shop, but gets caught up in events that are beyond her control.
The proposal for the romance-action-adventure-mystery book is done along with its first few chapters. It’s been sitting on the computer for a while. I reopened the file, blew the dust off, and did some polishing. But it’s one of those “where does it sit on the shelf” books that agents, editors, and marketing people worry about. Is it a romance? Is it a mystery? Is it action-adventure? I think it’s a bit of all three.
If I write a tenth Sarah Winston book, I will self-publish it. I’ve never done that before and it’s a little scary to think about. But I miss Sarah, her boyfriend Seth, her gang of friends, and the town of Ellington. Several plot lines have been swirling in my head.
On the one hand the great in between is kind of scary, but on the other hand it’s a time for fresh ideas, a bit of a break, and an opportunity to evaluate what I want to do.
Readers: What do you do when you have moments of being in between things?
About Sherry: Sherry Harris is the Agatha Award nominated author of the Sarah Winston Garage Sale mystery series and the Chloe Jackson Sea Glass Saloon mysteries. Sherry is a past president of Sisters in Crime, a member of the Chesapeake Chapter of Sisters in Crime, the New England Chapter of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America. Sherry loves books, beaches, bars, and bargain hunting — not necessarily in that order. She is also a patent holding inventor.