I wrote about 3,000 words today on an Exeter project that should be available at the end of the month (ebook only). I knew this was going to involve a couple of characters who had only been referenced in unpublished pieces up to this point, and they weren’t much more than names. One of them just came to life as I was working on that section! So much so, in fact, that I’m pretty sure she’s going to end up taking a main role in a story at some point.
I’m digging back into the project now, and I’ll have more details about it coming in a week or two.
The deleted 1991 scenes I mentioned the other day will start going out this week, so if you’re not already on the mailing list, please take a minute and sign up. It’s the only way you’re going to get to read these “missing” All That Is Necessary scenes.
Also, while my fiction schedule is always subject to the demands of the paper — between state basketball playoffs and a rare March snowstorm, this was a particularly crazy news week — I have the next four Exeter releases scheduled, one per month in March, April, May and June. Newsletter subscribers will get a sneak peek at the March one with this week’s deleted scene. Everybody else will find out closer to the release date. (Yes, there are benefits to subscribing to the newsletter.)
Some of you know that originally, All That Is Necessary was set completely in 1991. That means there’s a lot of what happened that summer that is never seen in the final version of the book. While you don’t need to see any of the scenes that didn’t make it into the final cut, some of you have said you very much would like to.
Starting next week, I’m going to send out a “missing scene” to newsletter subscribers each week for four weeks. I’ve got a poll up on my Facebook page with some of the possibilities, based on your comments. If you’re interested, go vote — and make sure you’re signed up for the newsletter so you get the scenes starting next week. They won’t be posted anywhere else.
Author Maggie Duncan is hosting me over at her blog for an interview about All That Is Necessary and the Exeter series in general. As befitting a former editor, she asks tough questions.
Duncan is the author of Spy Flash, a collection of Rory’s Story Cube Challenge entries, as well as Fences and Blood Vengeance. All three are short-story collections.
The first review of All That Is Necessary is live on Epinions, with a shorter version on Amazon. I pulled out my favorite quote from the review, but the whole thing’s worth reading. Of course, I’m biased. It’s a five-star review, which I wasn’t expecting. I got a four-star review from the same reviewer on Thrown Out. As Mark states, we’re friends, but he doesn’t let that influence his reviewing. (And I told him to be brutal on his review.)
If you’re in the Shenandoah Valley area, I’m doing the first book signing for All That Is Necessary from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 16, at Sacred Circle in downtown Staunton. Staunton folks are familiar with Carey’s wonderful book and Fair Trade gift shop. If you haven’t been to Staunton, or have and have missed Sacred Circle, here’s an excuse to come check it out.