Grosvenor Square update

Now that I’ve turned in a big book to my publisher, I’m writing steadily on Capt Lacey daily. My goal is to have the draft of Grosvenor Square finished by the end of next week, or the week after at the latest. That puts it in edits the rest of September, with publication either the end of Sep or early Oct. Will update here on a solid pub date when I finish the draft, and can calculate how much time my editor and proofreader will need.

It really does not take me long to write a book–2-3 months if I get to concentrate on that book ONLY. However, I have commitments to my publisher (by the end of this year, I will have written 3 books and 3 novellas for them), plus other series I write independently. And then my publisher sends back manuscripts so I can go over edits and proof pages, which eats up 3-4 weeks per book. I’m ending up writing (and rewriting, revising, edits, proofs) about 6 books a year and several novellas.

So, I write quickly–it just takes me forever to get around to each book!  Next year, my plate should clear a little. I’d love to get 2 Captain Lacey books out a year, or at least one long book and one novella. That is my goal!

  • Veronica Jordan

    Thanks for the update! Looking forward to purchasing the next Captain Lacey! I’m so delighted you decided to continue the series on your own, AND that he will still continue to sleuth despite his marriage. I was a little worried about the marriage, but you created a great wife for him.

  • OMG, I am in awe of you. I can hardly wait for my next installment of Captain Lacey.I came across the first book totally by accident and I’ve been hooked ever since. Can’t wait to see what he and his band of cohorts get up to next. The only fly in the ointment is Maryanne. She makes me want to hurl at times, but I’m sure you will explain why she’s such a prat :). Have a wonderful Labor Day week-end.

  • I would love for him to have another little one as he was robbed seeing hid daughter grow up.

  • Elizabeth

    I LOVE Maryanne! I was so sad we didn’t learn more about her in the last book, which did give us a lot. I hope she dosen’t go away as the last book seemed to imply.

    • AshleyGardner

      Marianne is indeed in Murder in Grosvenor Square, exasperating Lacey as usual. :-)

  • Amy

    I love Marianne. There is so much back story there. I found this series by accident and I fell in love with all of the characters. Thank you for continuing the series.

  • Bethleham Haltam

    I’m look forward to see how Marianne finally learns to love and trust the opposite sex. She is a bit selfish yet her heart seems to be in the right place…her son. I envision a tragic past that has left her scarred and void of believing in another’s goodness.

    I agree, it would be great to see Lacey taking on a new wife, sleuthing and a baby!

    Loving the serious and look forward to reading book 9.

  • Laura Cass

    Can’t wait for the new one to come out! The character I’m most interested in learning about and seeing develop is James Denis. I like the
    tension but growing respect between the two men. In my mind Denis is very handsome too

  • Annette

    My husband and I have been avidly reading the Captain Lacey books. We’re both happily waiting for the next installment. Hope to be reading it soon!