Thursday, November 19, 2015

Je suis Paris

"Leaving Paris 2" by Colin Potts

I was heartbroken by the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday, Nov. 13. The restaurants and Bataclan music hall in the 10th and 11th arrondissements are so close to rue Rampon – Martin and Irène's home in the trilogy – so it was strange to watch all of this unfold in neighborhoods I am incredibly familiar with. I stand in solidarity with the people of Paris - unafraid. 

As for Leaving Paris, proofing of the final galley is underway, the cover is being designed (the photo above is an outtake from the photo shoot) and we are still on track for a spring 2016 release. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Raising funds for Leaving Paris book tour

With Leaving Paris complete, I'm thinking ahead to 2016 and the book tour. If you would like to help me fund this tour, the Sibling Rivalry Press Foundation is accepting tax-deductible donations on my behalf. You can click this link to make your donation.

My goal is $3,000 to help offset gas, hotels, food, airfare, etc. Even $1 will help. I'm really excited for everyone to read the new novel and meet new people on the road. Feel free to pass this link on to anyone who might want to support the endeavor. Thank you in advance!

Leaving Paris will be out in early 2016 and there are some exciting connected projects leading up to publication – including a music video! –  so stay tuned.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Saturday, December 20, 2014

First draft of Leaving Paris is complete

There is now a complete first draft of Leaving Paris, which means it's time to print this baby up and sit down with a red pen to begin edits. Then it's on to Kathy Dean, who has edited all of my manuscripts before they go to the press for another edit. My self-imposed deadline for getting Leaving Paris to Sibling Rivalry Press has been May 2015, but I think it will happen before the end of winter. Just after the holidays, I'm meeting with a book publicist to discuss marketing for Leaving Paris and the trilogy as a whole. The next couple of years are going to be very exciting, and I'm ready to visit new cities, share my fiction and meet readers. 

Also in the new year, a trip to London and Paris, which will mark the 20th anniversary of the visit that inspired The Venus Trilogy of novels. I'm saving my pennies to afford a night or two in the Bel-Air Hotel (now called Le General) on rue Rampon. While Leaving Paris will be complete by then, I hope to write something there for the novel – maybe the acknowledgements. 

If you haven't read the first two books – Conquering Venus and Remain In Light – you can pick up the paperbacks or eBooks directly from Sibling Rivalry Press, an indie bookstore near you, Amazon, B&N and Smashwords

You can also listen to a playlist of music at Spotify that has inspired me while working on Leaving Paris at the link below. Happy Holidays, everyone, and watch for another update soon! 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

An update on Leaving Paris

I'm 31 chapters and nearly 300 pages in on the first draft of the manuscript. I've allowed myself to let the novel take a strange course to its conclusion to see just how far I could push the storyline. By doing so, it's shown me exactly what I need to do to for the rewrite. Veering off the outline and original plot also opened up some scenarios that will make the final edit.

I should have a completed first draft by mid-September and will then begin the rewriting and editing process. I've realized while writing this book how hard it will be to say goodbye to these characters  that I've lived with for almost 20 years. Perhaps that's why writing this book has been so much more difficult than Conquering Venus and Remain In Light.

I wrote the first scenes of Leaving Paris sitting at the kitchen table in my friend/fellow Agnes Meadows' flat with its magnificent view of the London skyline occasionally distracting me. That was in the summer of 2012. In a perfectly synchronistic, wibbly wobbly, timey wimey twist, I will write the final scenes at that same table in just a few weeks. Next spring, I'll head to Paris as I'm finishing the rewrite and editing.

If you haven't read the first two books in The Venus Trilogy, now is the perfect time to pick up the paperbacks or eBooks.

More soon!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Leaving Paris update

I've been immersed in Leaving Paris. There have been numerous rewrites and revisions, false starts on new chapters and finding a balance between the literary/magical realism of Conquering Venus and the more mystery/suspense tone of Remain In Light. Finding that balance has been tricky. But I knocked out two new chapters this weekend and feel like I'm on the right track again.

While Leaving Paris was supposed to be out in fall 2015, it's more than likely going to be early 2016 at this point. That takes some of the pressure off me and will allow Sibling Rivalry Press to properly market the book. I know those of you who have read the other two novels are eager to find out what happens in this final story, but I promise you it will be worth the wait. There's some great stuff with Diane (whose story takes place entirely in Memphis) and the shifting dynamic between Irène and Martin a decade after their first meeting. If you haven't read the first two books in The Venus Trilogy, you can buy the eBooks or paperbacks at this link.

Friday, April 18, 2014

The wood between the worlds...

“There you are, Irène. You’ve stumbled through the looking glass,” Frederick said, a weary smile darting across his bloodied face. “We meet again. No, that’s not right. We meet in the middle. The wood between the worlds.”

This is from one of my favorite chapters in Leaving Paris so far. Irène goes to the building where Jean-Louis died and phases out of the present to 1968 and meets a young Frederick, who has slipped the boundaries of time and space to deliver a message.