This post is by Joe Stephens
I checked out at 11:05 today and, from that moment until August 9, I am a free man. Well, except for the week I go to the AP reading in Louisville. And I’m excited to be visiting family in New Orleans for a week. Other than that, I’m a writer. It feels good. I’m really looking forward to some time to read what I want and write for hours at a time. During school, I spend a lot of time reading stuff I need to and I have to scratch to find time to write each week. Not so for the next almost two-and-a-half months.
So what will I do with my time? First of all, I’ll put the finishing touches on Dawn of Grace: A Shalan Adventure, number four in the series. Second, I’ll publish it, hopefully before I go to Louisville. If not, I’ll work on it while I’m there. After publication, my first planned activity is a signing at J&Ms Used Bookstore’s new location in the Kroger/K-Mart plaza. I’m hoping to have a launch party sometime in late June or early July as well, though I haven’t planned it yet.
And while that’s going on, I’m going to be writing. What will I write? Frankly, I don’t know. I have a vague idea for a spin-off series in which the main character is Jenn, Harry and Dee’s newly adopted daughter. She’s gone away to college and solves a crime in her dormitory. But I think I may choose to write a series of short stories instead. I’ve written a few and I think I’ll see if I can write a book’s worth. We’ll see how it turns out.
So what about all of you? What are your upcoming plans for the summer? What’s in your writing future?
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