The Marketplace: 1993-2013

Posted By on December 26, 2012

As we close out 2012, I thank all of you for your support, and for reading my books. Next year, 2013, is a big year for me: not only will I have the re-release of “The Reunion” happening, but three new books will be coming out as well: a Marketplace fan fiction anthology, my first-ever mainstream book, and the long-awaited sixth book in the Marketplace series, “The Inheritor.”

And it will be an historic year as well: 2013 marks the 20th anniversary for the Marketplace.  Twenty years ago, before we average folks were happily surfing the internet on an hourly basis, I went to lunch with publisher Richard Kasak (may his memory be a blessing) and suggested a trilogy about “real-life” slaves and owners. The first book would take place at a slave-training house on Long Island, and included a “mysterious majordomo.”  Richard agreed, and published my first three Marketplace books, along with several other books, some under my name and others under pseudonyms.

Richard Kasak is no longer with us, and his publishing company has been gone for many years. And in those 20 years, the entire publishing industry has also undergone radical changes. The way we read books has changed even more radically. But while technology has changed, the process of creativity, and putting words down (be it on paper or a computer screen) still takes time and effort that feels even longer as the world speeds up around me.

There have been times I have felt like a dinosaur as an author. With people giving their writing away for free on-line, readers downloading porn onto their phones, and “print-on-demand” making its way out of science fiction and into brick-and-mortar bookstores, I have wondered whether it makes sense for me to continue trying to write for a living, or to give it up and become a barista at the local coffee house.

But the fact of the matter is, I am a writer, to my soul. I can’t not write. Even if I don’t write as quickly as my fans would want me to, I write nearly every day. And over the last year, I’ve written more than I have in a good long time.

In 2013, I invite you to look forward to:

  • The Killer Wore Leather is my comedy-murder mystery, set in the leather community. I promise my fans that they will recognize many of the people in the book – at least by type. From the victim – last year’s winner of the Mister Global Leather contest – to the many characters that detective Rebecca Feldblum must investigate – I hope you will laugh, shake your head ruefully, and enjoy every moment of the mystery.
  • The re-release of “The Reunion,” which will be celebrated with a bonus short story that takes place in beloved Kaleigh Castle, when young Chris Parker turns 20 years old.
  • “No Safewords,” an anthology of stories set in the Marketplace, and written by fans. Yes, I did a call for submissions to this first-ever fan fiction anthology, and had so much fun putting it together that I may do it on a regular basis!
  • And finally, at the close of 2013 will be “The Inheritor,” Book Six in the Marketplace series.

It’s been a long time between books five and six, I know. But I will be thrilled to complete the novel, and celebrate the 20th anniversary of my series by doubling the size of the original trilogy. I hope you will join me.

 

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