Hi everyone, I am so incredibly excited to share some wonderful news: I have just received and accepted an offer from my amazing publisher, Plume (an imprint of Penguin), to write two new novels! My agent worked out the details of my new contract this week, just in time for the weekend when we can celebrate! The next two books, both untitled at present, will be my fifth and sixth books with Plume, and will be published in the next year and a half. Plume has me on an every eight-month publishing schedule right now, which satisfies my need to keep writing, writing, writing, and my readers who love to keep reading (thank you!). Though the formal announcement will be released next week, I wanted to give you all a sneak peek of what’s to come from me:
BLACKBERRY WINTER: To be published in a few weeks–on September 25th!
THE LAST CAMELLIA: In production now, to be published on May 28, 2013!
UNTITLED NEW BOOK #5: Will likely come out in the winter of 2013, or possibly early spring.
UNTITLED NEW BOOK #6: Will come out about eight months after book #5.
Though I can’t give many hints about the new books yet, I can tell you that the fifth book is set in Seattle on a houseboat on Lake Union (you know, where Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan fell in love in “Sleepless in Seattle”!).
Funny story to share: I have three little boys (ages 5, 3 and 1), so there tends to NEVER be a good time to talk business on the phone during the day, but somehow I end up figuring out creative ways of sneaking in a phone call (um, like hiding in my closet). The last time my agent called about a book deal, I was shopping with the kids at Trader Joe’s (I nearly fainted on the cereal aisle). This time? I was in a parking lot outside of Starbucks. Fortunately, my dad and mom (who were with us at the time), sat in the car with the kids while I chatted with Elisabeth outside. Funnily enough, she also had her kids in the car, and we had to wrap things up quickly when her baby and my baby started crying.
Thank you, thank you, everyone, for reading my novels, cheering me on, and for your friendship and kindness to me over the years. I feel incredibly blessed and grateful to be able to do what I love most: tell stories.
Hugs! And champagne all around!