My Victoria Square Mystery series has had a few ups and downs. It came out like gangbusters in 2011--and bam bam--two of the books hit the New York Times bestsellers list. But then ... there was a nearly four-year lag from the time One Hot Murder came out and Dead, Bath and Beyond was published.
A lot of readers forgot about Katie Bonner and Artisans Alley.
I'm now writing the series with a co-author, but nobody told me my first co-author only had a one-book contract. I assumed we'd write the rest of the books in the contract together. Since her life had taken another turn, I had to find another author. Meanwhile, Victoria Square was once again taken out of the publishing schedule. My agent found the wonderful Gayle Trent (who also writes as Gayle Leeson and Amanda Lee), and we're hard at work on the next book in the series. (So far not titled.) We're back on the publishing schedule, but not until December 2018. That's 18 months from now. So the big question is -- will readers forget about Katie and Artisans Alley once again?
Hopefully not -- because I've begun a companion series called LIFE ON VICTORIA SQUARE. In the Victoria Square Mysteries, Artisans Alley takes center stage, but the merchants--and their businesses--are just as intriguing. They all have stories to tell ... and that's what the Life on Victoria Square companion series is all about.
I'm already plotting the next story, which will come out in either late December or early January. My goal is to write a new story every three months -- at least until the new novel comes out.
If you've enjoyed the Victoria Square Mysteries, perhaps you'll enjoy Life On Victoria Square, too.
To find out more about the stories, please check out my website.