Today, Charlaine Harris stops by the NOOK Blog to answer the question that I, and her legion of fans, want to know: What’s next?
Many of my readers seem anxious about what I’ll be doing now that the last Sookie novel is done. They wonder if I’ll take an extended vacation. But I’d known I was ready to end the series for some time. I felt that I’d told Sookie’s story and had come to the end of the adventures I wanted to relate. That’s a clear indicator a writer needs to move on to something else.
What will that “something else” be? Not just one project, but a lot of them. For over a year, Christopher Golden and I have been working on a graphic novel, “Cemetery Girl,” and the first two volumes have been written. The first one will be published in January 2014. We have a third volume yet to write, and I need to outline the conclusion. Chris is a great collaborator, and he knows everything about graphic novels.
Also in January 2014, in the anthology “Dark Duets” there’ll be a story I co-wrote with the fabulous Rachel Caine. This was another first experience for me, and one I actually enjoyed.
I’ve written a short story for the anthology “Impossible Monsters,” edited by Kasey Lansdale. It’s called The Glitter of the Crowns, and I was really pleased with the way it turned out. You can find out if you agree in July.
Also in July, I turn in the manuscript for the first non-Sookie novel I’ve written in years. The title is still undetermined, but I can tell you this is an ensemble novel told from several points of view. The book is set in a small town at a crossroads in Texas. One of the buildings there is an old pawnshop, open (almost) 24 hours a day. There are characters from every series I’ve ever written in this novel, and new ones, too.
I’m not taking much of a break, but it’s really reenergizing to work on so many new things!
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