As I continue working on the new book, it’s looking increasingly likely that it won’t be ready for publication in 2015. So, after three consecutive rounds of July launch parties, this one will be quiet. I just don’t think there’s time now for the manuscript to be finished, accepted, edited etc, and to be honest I’d rather have the opportunity to make this next book everything I want it to be without deadlines.
The thing is, after three (and a half) thrillers, my plan is to shift from genre fiction into the mainstream, still page-turners, but with a particular focus on Australian readers. The next book is set mainly in Australia’s Top End, where I lived for many years, partly in the United States and Korea.
This new book is not contracted to HarperCollins, and I’ve made a departure from the other books, so they’re not obliged to publish it. They’ll have first read, of course, and I hope they love it and want to publish it. If not, then I know it will find the right outlet. I’ve become a fatalist about this kind of thing. If the market is there, someone will want to publish it. If not, it has no business being published in the first place.
Cross your fingers for some good news in the future!