Q&A de febrero
Q: Elisa asks, Since you won’t be burning the candle at both ends getting a book out this year, what else will you be working on? Besides keeping life, family, home, and health together.
A: Youâ€™re joking, right? About not burning the candle? Iâ€™m six months behind on the current book, which needs a whole lot of delicate surgery, very time consuming. And Iâ€™d intended to be starting the next book by now, which means that when I DO finally put TOUCHSTONE down, Iâ€™ll immediately pick up Russell IX. Oh, and thereâ€™s the short story I promised Dana Stabenow. And research into Paris for the following book. And the Big Online Project, about which more in the future.
That candleâ€™s got about six wicks in it, burning away.
Q: KLCtheBookWorm wants to know, Did you base the outfits that the Elves created for Mary in A Monstrous Regiment of Women on actual outfits or pictures of actual outfits. I would like to create one of the outfits (though probably not the evening gown).
A: MONSTROUS REGIMENT was written, what, fifteen years ago? I looked at any number of books on fashion in the library (this being Before Online) and went to a variety of museums in England (the V&A among others) but I couldnâ€™t tell you after all this time just where the mental images came from, sorry. Think Chanel, with color.
Q: Kay asks, Will we find out what happens to Russell/Holmes in the large gap of time between Monstrous and Letter of Mary? The other books follow one after another within less than a year span (excluding O, Jerusalem).
A: Probably not in detail, to the disappointment of Russell readers with prurient interests concerning The Wedding Night (Yeah, Iâ€™m talking about youâ€”do you think I donâ€™t know about the Russell fanfic?) Iâ€™d actually written Letter of Mary as the second Russell, because I didnâ€™t know what that middle book should look like until I could see what Russell and Holmes as a married couple looked like, and itâ€™s hardly fair to look too closely at a couple still in the process of hammering out what a marriage is.
Having said that, I may return to some period within those years in order to lay the groundwork for a post-1924 story, but I have no immediate plans to do so.