Me: Liz! Oh my goodness *Snoopy dance* Liz Crowe! You’re here! Come on in hon and get comfy. Guess what I stocked my fridge with? Yep. *nods* your beer! Gulo Gulo coming right up. This is a big month for you. A new book release with Good Faith AND getting on the TOP 25 BEERS OF THE YEAR list. 😀 Cheers!
Liz: Thanks! Yes, it has been a real whirlwind of a month without a doubt. All of these things take time and concerted effort (writing/editing/relationship building) so it is very gratifying to have it all sort of …. Land on me at once, so to speak.
Me: *collapses on couch with beers and bowl of pretzels* So how are you holding up? Your newest, and final standalone Stewart Realty novel, Good Faith, just came out (Nov. 14th). Meep! That’s big. Tell me all about it. I have beer, chocolate and Kleenexes too. I’d imagine it’s a bit emotional wrapping up a series like Stewart Realty.
Liz: Well…ok…so give me a sec to absorb that intro and drink my Gulo (my staff knows to pour this for me when I come in by now so thanks for having it around.)
Me: Of course! You are the beer wench after all 😉 *munches pretzel and looks expectantly at Liz*
Liz: It is very emotional yes, on many levels. As I told a local news reporter today balancing the need to write the book I wanted to write and to please my many current fans was a real high wire act. But in the end, I crafted what I think is a book with depth, layers of characterization and feeling that have given many an early reader a serious book hangover. I assure you I’ve been living with my own version of that hangover since May when I began writing it (and dropped into a black hole that I barely remember until I emerged mid July with the thing done in first draft form).
Me: I like the fact that your site says Good Faith is the last standalone in this series… leaving hope for novellas or spinoffs or or? Gahhhh! 😀 What are you working on next?
Liz: Ha! Good catch dear. **clinks beer bottles with you**
So, you may or may not know that there is already a “side series” from this one: The Black Jack Gentlemen which is about a fictional expansion pro soccer league and team based in Detroit (so named because the expansion franchise was SUPPOSED to be awarded to Las Vegas but Detroit swooped in with some big money at the last minute thanks to Jack’s machinations and snagged it). That series has 3 books already and many familiar characters from the Stewart Realty world make cameos in them. I have 2 more of these planned for 2014.
Additionally I am pondering a couple of novellas. There are a few more stories to tell, a few more characters left to consider and of course the “what happens after” the end of Good Faith that many people are already asking me about. But in long format novels, this is “the end.”
I will never quite let these people go in my head and my heart. I know that.
Ok, ok, *daintily chugs beer* before I let you escape my clutches and get back to writing, beer making and chauffeuring your kids around <g> I need to ask you a few very important questions. Extremely important!
Thanks darling! You are a joy. Please come crash my virtual couch whenever you’d like.