Over the past six months, a number of people have asked me, "Where can I get the newest River City novel? When is Beneath a Weeping Sky coming out?"
I have to say, I really appreciate the fact that there are people eager to read the next installment of the River City series. And it is very much finished. In fact, I've finished about half of the fourth book, And Every Man Has To Die.
The problem? Well, it is on the business side.
For whatever reason, my publisher has simply not moved forward with this project. I think it would be unprofessional of me to air out the details, but the end result is that I've severed my connection with them. Which means that I am now looking for a new publisher and/or an agent.
What does that mean for River City? Well, it means that I can't say exactly when the next novel will be published, but trust me -- it will. I am very confident in this next book and in the series as a whole. It is merely a matter of finding the right home.
If you're a writer, you know very well what I'm experiencing now. If you're a reader, I'd ask for your patience. Check here every once in a while for updates. Give some of my short stories and anthologies a try (many contain River City characters and settings). Keep an eye out and soon enough I'll be announcing when my next book will be published.
I want to say thanks to all the readers and other writers who have been supportive during this difficult time. Your interest in River City stories and characters has been a thrill to me since the very first of you took the time to read something I'd wrote. I couldn't be luckier when it comes to having good writer friends and smart, enthusiastic readers.
I don't normally include personal items in this blog, but I'm making an exception today. This summer, I'm going to marry the woman I've been in love with for thirty years. There's quite a story there, but the only mystery is why I waited so long to tell her how I felt...only to discover she'd felt the same way the entire time. All of this was going on during these business difficulties with my publisher, so go figure, huh? Once again, I've been pretty lucky in many ways.
Watch this space for more River City news!