I do! My next book (working title, Playing the Past) is a return to time travel romance, but as for after that, even I don’t know. I’m writing the first chapters for two different books–one is the first of a trilogy of a very interesting time travel idea. The second is a contemporary about a yummy British art thief. I’m going to let my editor decide. I’m also working on a memoir about me and my sister, who passed away when she was only 31.
I just finished Michael Connelly’s The Fifth Witness. He’s such an engaging writer, though I have to admit I like his more troubled hero, Harry Bosch, a little more than I do Mickey Haller. I like my heroes to be flawed. I’m also listening to the eighteen book in Patrick O’Brian’s wonderful twenty-book series about Jack Aubrey, naval captain during the Napoleonic Wars, and his friend, Stephen Maturin, ship surgeon and spy. The New York Times called the books “the best historical fiction ever written.” I have to agree. And I’m about to start my friend Meredith Mileti’s recent women’s fiction debut, Aftertaste: A Novel is Five Courses. I know it will be mouth-watering.
Ha! I used to read dozens and dozens. That was before I became a writer. Now, I’m always behind, and anytime I could be reading, I know I should be writing. The only books I “read” are the ones I listen to on while I walk on the treadmill in the morning–lately, Diana Gabaldon’s The Fiery Cross, Simon Winchester’s A Crack in the Edge of the World, and, as I said, Patrick O’Brian’s The Wine-Dark Sea–or the five or ten pages I can get through before collapsing into sleep each night in bed. It’s sort of sad, I think.
My darling dog, Socks, is always asleep at my feet–except when some other dog in the neighborhood has the unmitigated gall to walk by our house, of course. Then he’s barking a mile a minute at the window in the family room (where he has an unparalleled view of his territory) or the front door.
Barking, of course, is always #1. He’s a Silky Terrier, so not very big (not that he knows that.) He also likes to play “Try to Take the Toy From Me.” That’s always a popular one, complete with fierce growling and occasional “Pay More Attention” yips. And when I sit on the couch to write, there’s always the “See if I can Mom to Lift Her Laptop So I Can Sit There Instead.” He’s so adorable.
Thank you, Bookhounds for hosting me today.