Friday, January 8, 2016

On the Writing Road again!

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

Wow -- two weeks off and I almost forgot to write my blog post for today.  Why?  Because I'm WRITING AGAIN!

Over the holidays, one of my readers/Facebook friend suggested I listen to an a capella group called Straight, No Chaser.  Well, four albums later, there's a song that really makes me feel like I'm back to being WRITER ME.  Mind you, I've never been a huge Willie Nelson fan, but this version of On The Road Again/I Play The Road sort of gave me the confidence to get back to my real job: writer.  It's something I've done for over 40 years, but I really got stalled after my Mum's death (which she would not be happy about. She used to grill me: "Did you get your words today???")

Anyway, you can listen to a version of the song by clicking this link.

I'm working on a couple of projects. Laurie Cass and I are just finishing up the next Victoria Square book, Dead, Bath and Beyond (which will be released on December 6th -- and by the way, we're REALLY excited about the book.  I can tell you one thing, it's got a real-page turning ending, and few surprises. Click here to read more about it!)  We've seen a work-up of the cover and it is wonderful!  Here's just a snippet of it.

My agent tells me I might see the contract for the next (to me) Booktown Mystery soon, too!

I'm also working every day on the next Jeff Resnick Mystery, which is tentatively called Unfinished Business. I've made a graphic to inspire me, too.  (Still trying to figure out what a cover design might be.)  I'm hoping the book will be available this summer.

Of course, every book is different.  For Unfinished Business, I seem to be writing 99% of it longhand.  Hey, as long as the words keep flowing, I'm okay with that.

In the meantime, I'm just happy to be writing again.