Spreading myself a little thin…

I was recently asked to name a fault in working practice, and I had to admit, spreading myself a little thin is probably one of them.

These are my current projects:

In September I successfully crowdfunded my new book on Robert A. Heinlein. This is the first substantive revisit of Heinlein’s work since Leon Stover’s book in 1987 (the excellent book by Thomas Clareson and Joe Sanders published in 2014 is a general overview). On Monday I begin the final edit, with the aim of cutting 15,000 words. It will be delivered to Unbound during December and we all hope will come out next year. You can pre-order, and also sign up for notifications, here.

I’m working on the first draft of a book on Memory and the English Civil War as created in fiction for children and teens from the eighteenth century onwards. I know that’s a mouthful but I’ve yet to find a succinct way of expressing it. I also know that “War of the Three Kingdoms” is more current terminology but I’m having enough problems that if I just say “Civil War” my American readers think I mean theirs. You can find a list of the titles I’m working with here.

And because I am a glutton for punishment, in the new year I’ll be beginning my second novel, a sequel to Spring Flowering. It’s set in Birmingham in the early 1830s. And my heroine Ann and the coterie she is gathering around her, set out to investigate a cold case with roots in the Priestly riots. I’ll set up a page for that when I begin the research but for now, here I am talking about the first book at the Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast.


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