Yesterday, I had a rant, I think. But when I think about what my job entails, yesterday’s worries or niggles are just so yesterday. Ultimately, my job is really simple. I sit down and I make stuff up. Sometimes I might stand up, record notes or chapters for transcribing, or maybe go for a run to puzzle out a problem, but more often than not I sit down and type. I’ve been through a few keyboards, and my preferred writing computer – a laptop smaller and lighter than an iPad – has very few symbols left on the keys. I guess it helps when writing mysteries.
Okay. Bad pun.
But what “helps” is the whole idea of not knowing what will happen next. I love that. I also love it when I get an idea that could fit with something else, but will need a good shoehorn to make it work. Which is where I’m at today.
I ran a Kickstarter recently, and some generous backers chose the option of getting written into one of my Greenland stories as a character, interacting with my main characters. I’m in full swing working on those stories, and am very excited about how they might fit into the current “canon”. The stories are scheduled to be sent this Christmas Eve, so no spoilers here. But I can’t help sharing a cover, just for fun.
While I thought these short stories might be standalone, it’s more fun for me to make them a part of the whole thing. Yes, this will involve playing with the timeline a little, but they will be “point fives” and can be read later (obviously) without spoiling the stories that come before or after.
They are personalized stories with “real” people fictionalized for the plot. They will also be published over Christmas, but not before they have been sent to the new “characters” first.
Lots to do.
Lots to make up!
Sounds great Chris, looking forward to them. i have to say I have been enjoying your stories, particularly the one involving David Maratse and Petra. I really enjoy the depth and breadth of their characters, their nuances and empathy, their passion. I have gone through most of what is available and now working through the 5 books about David and Petra. I found some of the short stories in the Omnibus series simply marvellous in their imagery and suspense. Forgotten the title but loved the one about the iceberg in imminent danger of rolling & a sledging one……I also took your advice and embarked on the Arkardy Renko series staring with Gorky Park. Now 5 books later having returned to David, Petra and Greenland. Thank-you. I really appreciate your work. but must say I did not enjoy the Jenna character, a little too brutal from my tastes so stopped reading those. Regards and thank you, Miriam
Christoffer Petersen says
Thanks for taking a chance on my books. 🙂 The Fenna books are “brutal”. When I wrote The Ice Star for my Masters I submitted chapters to my lecturers and the first response was “not violent enough” while the second was “too much”.