It's been a while since I actually blogged about writing, probably because it's been a while since I've really done any. This is due in no small part to the insane upheaval of having major building work done on the house: even if I can concentrate above the hammering, drilling and radio, not to mention the constant and incessant barking of the Demon Puppy whenever there's anyone within about twenty feet of the house, which is pretty much all the time--there's also a reasonable possibility that at any given time someone will want to turn off the electricity. Which isn't really conducive to flowing creative thoughts.
Nevertheless, I'm surprised to see that on my current WIP, which according to my notes I began in March 2010, I have a wordcount of 11,000. This is something a bit different from the other books I've had published, and that's probably a bit telling, since I don't actually have a publisher for it yet. It is what I think of as 'on spec'. I do have plans for once it's finished, however. It's a romantic comedy, which is probably one of my favourite genres to read but not one I've had much success with publishing. It's set in a country house hotel and features a chronically shy heroine and an emotionally repressed hero. The working title is Confessions of a Secret Virgin. I don't know why I do these things to myself.
That's with my Kate Johnson hat on. Kate might seem to have been a bit quiet recently, because truly I don't know what to do about my Sophie Green series. It only seems to have become popular after the publisher decided not to accept any more books. Suggestions on a postcard please.
I have a submission currently residing with a new(ish) publisher in London. The book in question is the Untied Kingdom, which is a book I dearly love but which is very hard to describe or fit into a genre, which isn't exactly helping its chances of getting published. Still, my fingers remain crossed over its latest chance.
On the Cat Marsters side, I have vague plans for a sequel to Hardest of Hearts, which was enormous fun to write but didn't prove massively popular with readers. Hence my plans being vague. I'm also considering another Realms book, to follow on loosely from Mad, Bad & Dangerous, but don't have anything on that. No; tell a lie, I do have about a page, during which my heroine is born in an alleyway. It's not a page that might necessarily make it to the final cut.
In the meantime I don't have any new titles lined up, which for someone who releases as many titles a year as I do is kind of confusing. I actually tried to count up how many books, novellas and short stories I'd published in the last five years. I lost count around twenty-five. That's probably not bad, right?