I was on sabbatical in the fall -- my first ever -- with the intention of completing this novel that's been on my plate for the better part of a decade now.

Then life got very intense in a number of ways I won't go into here, but I was convinced I wouldn't be able to get to the end of Blackheart Man. But somehow, on December 30, 2016, I did.

I emailed it to my agent, treated myself to a movie (Fantastical Beasts and Where to Find Them), then realized as I was falling asleep at 1 a.m. that I'd forgotten to write one scene.  Turned on the laptop, wrote the scene, sent my agent the updated manuscript.

Now I wait. I haven't had a publisher since about 2013, so Blackheart Man was written entirely on spec.

Actually, I don't wait. Now I continue work on the next project. That's the script for Nancy Jack, the graphic novel for which John Jennings is my collaborator. (By the way, John and his collaborator Damian Duffy have just released the graphic novel adaptation of Octavia Butler's Kindred, and it's topped the New York Times Bestseller list in its category!

Did I mention that I finished a novel?

 


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