I get this question a lot. It's great that people are anxiously awaiting my next novel, but it puts a kind of pressure on me too. Or at least I let it put pressure on me. The thing about historical fiction is that there's a LOT of research to be done before an author can even type the first word. Just because it's fiction doesn't mean we don't want it to be completely accurate. Then there's the time it take to actually write the novel. The words don't fall out of our heads onto the computer page by magic - unfortunately!! If that were the case I could write much much faster just by thinking about my novel while driving, while taking a ten minute break at the old day job, etc. and having the words appear in my word document on my computer. Man! I could really be turning out some pages! But, alas, like many other authors I have a day job, a family and an approximation of a social life. I firmly believe we have to make some sacrifices in order to write our books, but too much sacrifice can lead to meltdown. Everyone needs to relax. So when I get that question about my next book, I just smile and tell them it's in the works and I'm thrilled they're so interested!!
Causes Renee Russell Supports
St. Jude Childrens Hospital, LeBonheur Children's Hospital, Darryl Worley Foundation