Friday, May 31, 2013

I Make Stuff Up...


SNUFF THE MAGIC DRAGON: And Other Bombay Family Bedtime Stories will be available by the end of June.  I'm really, really happy about this project!  Why?

Because I have total and complete control - MWAH HAH HAH HAH! (This should have implied evil laughter. If it didn't, I apologize.)

But seriously folks - this book would never have passed muster with my former publisher.  And it's because of them that I had to do it.

When I was working on I SHOT YOU BABE, my editor informed me that this would be the last book in the Bombay series.  At first, I was relieved because I'd written four books in a really short period of time and was a little fried.

So I did it.  I ended the series.  Then I realized what I'd done.  I'd ended the series.

The Bombays had so much more potential and I agreed to throw it out because NYC told me to do it.  I was an idiot.

Statistics show that most mystery series don't find their following until book 6.  I ended with 4. Not good.  And when I got my rights back to the 4 and self-pubbed them on my own - I realized that I couldn't write another Bombay book because they were done with assassination.

I had a brief moment where I realized I could write PARADISE BY THE RIFLE SIGHTS because Paris could be working on a job before Coney goes off to Mongolia.  But that was it.  I couldn't keep messing with the space-time continuum because there are rules against that according to Star Trek.

And then someone came up with the idea of history - and this book idea was born.

I wasn't sure I was smart enough to do a full-length book involving all the research.  I have friends who write historical fiction - quite successfully too - but they spend months getting all the research together from what people wore and ate to the words they used and the politics of the era.  It's a lot of work.

So then I thought - short stories.  I could briefly visit the highlights in Bombay history.

I didn't realize how much fun I'd have.

The book will be up in four weeks and I really hope you like it.  It's a way for the Bombays to keep killing people for your entertainment.

We'll see how it goes!

The Assassin

14 comments:

Terri Osburn said...

I am SO excited to get these stories. And I will be pimping them out hither and yon. My mom read one of the other ones and called to say, "This is really funny." For my low-key mom, that's like a squee with ten exclamation points.

MsHellion said...

YAY! This is so exciting! I can't wait to get these stories! These will be sososo fun! (As opposed to the original books which were soso fun.)

Marnee Bailey said...

These sound like so much fun! I can't wait to read this one.

That sucks that they made you end too soon. It's shame you can't think of some work around.... For all our sakes.... :)

Terri Osburn said...

I think you should switch them from assassins to politicians. That would be even more drama. LOL! Think of it. The Bombay Family of Senators.

Leslie Langtry said...

You guys are cracking me up! Terri - you might be onto something there - politics can be just as cutthroat, right?

Hellion - I laughed out loud at 'soso'!

Marnee - I think I'll have to if I don't do the politics idea. Maybe they could kill other assassins or something - I don't know.

Terri Osburn said...

It has been a couple years since you wrote the last one. One of the teens could have come of age and resurrected the business since then.

Leslie Langtry said...

that's true...but how would i do it so it didn't look like they enjoy killing?

Sabrina Shields said...

So insanely excited about this - love this idea!!!!

Leslie Langtry said...

Thanks Sabrina! What's cool is I think I could do several of these short story history books - there's so many ideas!

Terri Osburn said...

Maybe someone blackmails him that if he doesn't do one more job he'll out the whole family? Of course, then he could just kill that person, so you'd have to work in some details of why killing the blackmailer wouldn't solve the problem.

Leslie Langtry said...

Hmmm...blackmail has so many possibilities! Great idea!

MsHellion said...

Blackmail is probably more acceptable than revenge...

And you could always base some conflict on how they don't really care for being an assassin, torn between two values: life and family.

Maureen said...

Open it up to the reality that some people need killing.

Can't wait for the book!

Leslie Langtry said...

You guys are amazing! Thanks for the ideas!