Children of the Waters goes into production in June or July (The Writer's Group has a great explanation of what "production" means in the publishing world), so I've been thinking a lot lately about what I want to write next.
One idea is to write a book that's not so much a sequel to Orange Mint, but is told from Nona's POV a few years later. So we'd get to see what happens with Shay and Oliver, but it would really be more about Nona. What's next for her? I'd love to explore what it's like for her to attempt a healthy relationship with a man, and there's some challenges I could see to her sobriety.
I have another idea, but so far the premise is pretty slight. But I'm excited about it. I think it would be fun to write; it'd be a love letter to my funny, crazy family. Then again, some members of my funny, crazy family might not see it that way. But litigation might give the book a little publicity right?
Of course, I'd like to write a blockbuster, breakout, BIG book. A few years ago this family named Gottschalk started sending Hubby and me Christmas cards. For the life of us we couldn't figure out who the hell they were. So we started talking about a book called "The Gottschalk Enigma." Great title, right? Unfortunately, everytime we talk about it we start giggling so hard we never get past the title.
I keep thinking that one of those books in which cats help solve mysteries would be good. Hazel growls when strangers come near the house. Could that be something? A woman alone in a house at night. A cat growls. The woman says, "What's that you say Hazel? A stranger is in the yard?" The problem is after that Hazel always runs into the closet leaving the woman to fend for herself.
And the only mystery I can get Vishnu interested in solving is the daily mystery of "Did Hazel leave any wet food on the plate or on the floor under the plate?" Somehow I don't think that's big enough.
Back to the notebook.