So what’s next, you might ask?
You mean after I finally, tardily, retrofit the In-the-Works page on this website to announce the November publication of The Edge of Impropriety?
And after I help update the workshop Janet Mullany and I will be giving at RWA National this July about Writing the Hot Historical (leaving time, of course, for Michael and me to plan our trip to Berlin this August — we leave on the Monday after National).
Before which (I dearly hope) we will have hired a contractor to let some light into our little San Francisco Victorian. We’re not greedy. All we want is the sun in the morning and the moon at night. More windows. Bigger windows. If ever the contractor calls back.
Yeah, after all that. You know, writing-wise.
How nice of you to ask, because it just so happens I am working on something. Too early to give out any specifics, but wish me luck; I’m excited, and particularly about the core concept of the project: the book I’m trying to cook up is being jointly written by Pam Rosenthal and Molly Weatherfield.
I don’t know if anybody really would publish a book so authored — at least to the extent of putting both names together on the cover. But the idea makes perfect sense to me, and it’s jazzing me.
After all, why not get Pam Rosenthal for the romantic historical part? The RITA-nominated romance writer and certified History Hoyden Pam Rosenthal has certainly learned a few things over the years about Regency England:
- has thought long and hard about the material situations giving rise to the horrid, dehumanizing class attitudes and strictures of the period
- and has read some Very Great Literature from the period itself — with care and concentration. Which has suggested to her how to retell some of the most vexing, provocative stories…
…while Molly’s no slacker either, at the business of retelling important stories, Carrie’s Story being a successful homage to the immortal Story of O, and so blessed by Jim Petersen, compiler of Playboy.com’s list of the Sexiest 25 Novels of All Time…
So if I were doing the hiring on this project (and what luck — I am!), I’d definitely bring Molly on board to do the non-monogamous, equal-opportunity sex part of what I hope will be a thoughtful, highly literate and very smutty piece of writing, with (drumroll!!) NO HAPPY ENDING.
Or at least, no monogamous ending; no ultimate sorting; no cozy, well-protected final retreat back behind the gates of Pemberley. And yet (I hope) no loose ends either. I’m going for a resolution of contending erotic forces — a way of bringing together all the stuff I’ve been meditating on during my loopy journey from erotica to romance and now, perhaps, back.
The pictures ? Oh, those are of Pam and Molly yakking it up in conference
What do you think? Would you read a hot historical that retells a venerable couple of novels from the viewpoints of some neglected and even maligned female characters, by an author (or a pair of them) who’s listened hard to the erotic and political sub-texts whispered at its verges and margins?
Are you interested in how it might be possible to turn up the erotic volume and shine the bright lights of one’s attention on the play of power as well as sexuality?
Do you absolutely need a triumphal married ending, or could you go with other kinds of triumph, perhaps having to do with erotic justice, self-knowledge, power, and the complexity of grownup human interaction?
By chance have you ever been to Berlin? And if so, what should we make sure to see and do?
And (most immediate) do you have any advice about getting a contractor (forget about agents or editors) to actually return your calls?