Well, 2020 is finally coming to an end, and none too soon. I’m looking forward to ringing in the new year. And at this point, I’m not picky. Any new year will do.
A number of you have asked about the next Jim Brodie book, or just any old next book. On that front, there is good news. I have two new volumes in the works, Brodie #5 and a standalone. Both are moving along nicely. And as with my previous outings, I am really enjoying telling the stories.
That said, things are not going as fast as I anticipated. Even before the virus struck, I was dealing with a handful of unexpected obstacles—three to be exact. All are unrelated to the books, but they have eaten into my writing time. Juggling them as best I could, I had managed to squeeze in some writing time until the twist to end all twists reared its head: Covid-19. And we all know how that turned out. You can’t write this stuff.
Fortunately, my juggling skills have improved, so stay tuned. In the meantime, if you haven’t read all of the Brodie books, now is the time to catch up on those you missed. The latest entry, The Spy Across the Table, takes Brodie from Washington, D.C. to Japan then on to China, South Korea, and right to the edge of North Korea. Armchair travel if ever there was any. If you are a real glutton for punishment, “Three-Star Sushi,” the first short story featuring Brodie and his daughter Jenny, appeared last year and was shortlisted for three awards. It clocks in at six thousand words and twenty-five pages.
Should you be looking for something fresh to read and want a new information source, I can recommend The Big Thrill, ITW’s free monthly newsletter, where you will find a steady supply of articles on newly published thrillers, mysteries, and suspense novels by established authors and others who will be new to you. And finally, Alex Finlay, a good friend and fellow author, is getting a lot of advance buzz about his upcoming book, due out in March, so you might consider putting that on your watch list.
Wishing you all a good holiday season and the happy new year of your choice.