Right now? We’re working on edits for Peripheral People. As we’ve never really written a mystery/thriller/paranormal before, we’re finding that the edits are a more layered process than ever. Each layer adds more detail, and removes another layer of confusion. Wheat from the chaff, murder from the larceny, what have you. Beyond the new genres we’ve blended together for the book, we’ve expanded the Ylendrian Empire a bit more, added textures and underbelly, as well as a view of how things happen on the right side of the law.
We’ve had a steep learning curve on this book, chopping out two POV characters almost 70,000 words into the manuscript, and discovering about the same time that our killer was every bit as adept at fooling us as they were at fooling our investigators. What I can tell you, after all the work, is that it’s a book I’m proud of, and a story we wouldn’t have had the skill to tell a few years ago, at least not as well as we have.
I can also tell you that if I procrastinate on my part of the edits any longer, Michelle may very well duct tape me to my chair. In the interest of my continued freedom, I’ll get back to that now.