Paul is going to Boston for the weekend to visit Amie. Sigh. SO my plan is to get as much writing, editing, and cleaning done as I can. (But isn't that the plan every weekend?)
I'm pretty pleased, quite frankly, with how well things are going with Dead Housewives of New Orleans. I also have to do the revisions on Lake Thirteen this weekend, and I have another manuscript to edit as well--I'd like to get both of them out of the way before the madness of Mardi Gras kicks back into high gear again on Wednesday of next week, because that's seven days of nothing getting done, really.
I get tired just thinking about it.
Last night after the gym I made dinner and then did all the laundry, the dishes, and cleaned and straightened up the kitchen and the living room. It's always nice to get up to a clean house, isn't it? Hopefully I can keep it this way--HA! I say that every time, don't I?
So, next up in the Greg's books list would be Murder in the Irish Channel.
For the sixth Chanse book, I wanted to build a story around two things--MMA cage fighting and the Archdiocese's attempts to close three churches in New Orleans, and the pushback the Archbishop got from the parishes. With all due respect, the previous Archbishop of New Orleans was a bit of a dictatorial tyrant who didn't give a rat's ass about the parishioners--clearly power had gone to his head, as it does with so many of the Catholic hierarchy.
But the plot slowly starting evolving, and it really became a lot more twisty and turny than I had originally planned. I created some really amazing characters for the story to revolve around--I love Jonny, the young MMA fighter. I also had fun writing about a real estate billionaire who's a bit of a douchebag, and it also gave me the chance to talk about the 'new' New Orleans, that has sprung up since Katrina--and some of the local pushback against the changes.
I also loved the cover.
I also gave Chanse a boyfriend, even if he barely appears in the book and is barely mentioned--the young man he meets in Murder in the Garden District, Rory Delesdernier. (I promise there will be more about Rory in the next Chanse!) I think it's important as Chanse continues to evolve as a character that I show him in relationships, whether they succeed or not. I might even let him be happy for a while.