Archive for December, 2014

The Finish LIne is in Sight

December 29, 2014

I’m very close to finishing the draft for my novel number seven. The working title is A Clean Slate, and I’ve written over 85,000 words. I consider the ideal length for a detective novel to be between 90,000 and 100,000 words, so I’m definitely in the final stages. The plot is a political murder mystery, featuring my protagonists, Rhett and Toni Sanders. The story takes place mostly in Houston and New Mexico. I’ve outlined the final chapters, so I just need to sit down and take care of business. I’ll probably be done in two weeks, and then I’ll start the editing process. I know this is my best detective novel to date.  My publisher has not yet agreed to publish this one, so we’ll see. I’m also finalizing a new web site, as I prepare for a significant marketing effort beginning in about a month. So I’m excited. My publisher just released (re-released) Something Else in Common, and will re-release The Final Tour of Duty in the spring. By the summer, I should be ready to release A Clean Slate, which will be my first truly new novel since Canyon Road a couple of years ago. It’s going to be a good year.