now available for pre-order! Coming out May 1st!)
And I've finished all FIVE of my Gulliver's Travelers Kindle-exclusive short stories (more info here!)
Now, I know y'all want a sequel, and I wanna write one! And, well, I will be writing one. Gully and his crew are SO stuck in my head that I'll probably be sending them on wild adventures for years to come.
BUT, my publisher has insisted that the sequel, Gulliver Takes Provincetown, should come out in 2013. I think that's cool. I can get on board with that.
So I've got some time between now and then... and I want to make sure that the sequel I write is fresh, sexy, dramatic, insane, and awesome sauce. I think the best way to do that is to cleanse my palate a bit... to take an active writing break from Gulliver.
AKA: I'm not stopping writing. I'm just giving Gully and crew a vacation.
AKA: I'm starting work on a NEW novel!
Here are the details (which are few, since I'm not one of those authors who PLAN ahead. I sorta dive in, make a mess, and clean up the chaos later).
The book is tentatively titled Narcissus. and it's a straight-up horror novel about a zombie outbreak on a gay cruise. No, I'm not joking. I'm 100% serious.
Why? Because I spend all day chatting with gay twenty-somethings and it's become abundantly clear that there are two things they love right now: Pokemon and zombies. Since Pokemon are trademarked, I won't be diving into that murky world.
But zombies? Yeah, I can do that.
Also, Narcissus will give me a chance to give a shout-out to my original writer hero. The guy that inspired me since the age of 13: Stephen King. I love him! I've read about 50% of his work, which is saying something, since he writes no less than 3 novels a damn year.
I owe my will to write to Mr. King, and this gory horrorfest will be my giving him his due.
Oh, another fun thing about Narcissus: every character in the book will be based on an ACTUAL person I know. I have received over 300 volunteers who are excited to have their bodies torn limb from limb by my darling zombies. I will be using many of them.
What can you expect from Narcissus when it hits sometime late in 2013? Oh, lots of scary stuff. Lots of blood. SOME sex (not a lot - would YOU be able to have sex, knowing that zombies were coming for you?) Just a lot of scary stuff.
I'm looking forward to this challenge. I haven't written full length horror EVER. Also, it'll be interesting to make sure that Narcissus stands firmly in scary land, without tripping over into corny funny world. Don't want that.
I'm already 5,000 words in to Narcissus, which means it's easy breezy and tons of fun. I expect to begin tearing my hair out and doubting my ability as a writer sometime between 25 and 40,000 words. I apologize in advance to my friends for the whining that will commence when that happens.
And for the rest of you: I'll keep you posted on progress!