Sunday, January 19, 2014

Plotting Away

by Leann

Book number 6 in the Cats in Trouble series is now in copy edits. There has been some strange delay in getting it up for pre-order, but I have bugged the powers that be enough to be certified an "annoying author." It will turn up one of these days. Despite that, I plan to share the cover art this coming Tuesday, though I do not like to do that without the ability of readers to pre-order. But it is so awesome, I cannot wait.

As one book is finished it is time to start another. That means cat antics
and insight into Jillian's past that has yet to come to light. Plotting a book is always fun. I dream about it, ideas invade my mind quite unexpectedly during the day, so the process begins before I have ever sat down to write a
synopsis. The unconscious is a powerful thing.

I have a few questions for all of you. Who would you like to see more of in this book? Who should go away and never come back? Okay, let me qualify that. Lydia won't go away. But is there some other character you'd just like to see less of or never see at all?

Book 6 is titled The Cat, The Vagabond and The Victim. Look for it because it surely has to appear soon. But the cover? Well, the big reveal is Tuesday! Watch for it!

15 comments:

Lynda said...

I am so, so, so looking forward to the new Cats in Trouble book. I've read them all (twice) and just finished listening to all of them in audio (BTW, the voice artist did an outstanding job).

As far as seeing more or less of the characters, I think you have done an amazing job of getting the right amount of exposure for the secondary characters. As new characters appear (such as Kara and Finn), you have carried them so seamlessly into the next books that it's like they have always been a part of the "family". I just assume that I will see Candance, Tom, Morris, Belle, Kara, Ed & Karen, Sean & Allison, Chief Baca, Finn - and even Lydia.- in future books, and I think I would miss any of them if they were to "disappear". They have become like friends (well, maybe not Lydia, but she is important in her own way). It would be especially hard for me to see anything happen to takeTom, Candace or the kitty trio out of the picture.

I don't know if it makes it easier or harder for you when we get attached to new characters and we want to see them in future books, but I got to really like Dustin in the last book and would like to see if he manages to get Candance's attention in the future.

So, I just have to tell you again what an awesome series this is and I can't wait for the next installment.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks so much, Lynda. I've hung on to so many characters that a few have very little page time in the new book--but they'll be back!

mary kennedy said...

Can't wait for the cover reveal, exciting times ahead!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Mary!

Dru said...

Looking forward to seeing the cover.

Leann Sweeney said...

I am excited. I just WISH the darn book was up for pre-order. It is frustrating!

Leann Sweeney said...

Just when I complain about no pre-order button, I check and it's there! Will put it up on facebook. It says it's an August release but that's not my understanding. But the cover art went to Amazon with the other August releases (even though they haven't put the cover up!) so maybe that's the problem. Who knows?

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Congrats, Leann! Can't wait to see the cover and the book. Six already. It seems like just yesterday that I first met you.

Hugs!

MJ

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks MJ!!

Aurian said...

I do look forward to the new book Leann. I can't think of a character I don't want to read about, they are all just part of your community. Sure, Lydia is annoying and crazy, but also fun to read about.
So you just keep writing whatever you want, and about whomever you want, we will read it and love it. Don't worry about too many characters.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Aurian. I cannot think of anyone to "let go." I was just interested in what readers think!

Glenda Bixler said...

I think an older woman should move to town and get together with Morris. He seemed really down in the latest and with somebody to think about, he just may become a good cop again...NOT Lydia...LOL Or maybe somebody that is already there...maybe Belle? and she would begin to put her lipstick on better...LOL Just thinking...My review for latest up this week! Keep writing!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Glenda! Great insights, as always!

Tammie Wheeler said...

I think you've added characters organically and naturally, and I honestly don't want to see less of any of them. Sure, some may appear more prominently than others in different books, but that's true of real life, too. I would like to see more of Dustin and Finn. Can't wait for the latest one!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks so much Tammie. In the book that will come out after the one I just wrote, Finn will definitely be there. I like that kid! :-)