That is the opening of my novel, The Unexpected Miss Bennet. You can read the first chapter on my Amazon page (scroll down after the GWIII excerpt — Amazon doesn’t hyperlink blog titles, apparently).
Well, it is off to the agent today. Keep your fingers crossed!This is a huge step for many reasons, but the biggest is that this is the first non-Gordath novel to head out the door ever and honestly, who knows what will happen?
Publishing is weird. I want to write all different kinds of books, but the publishing industry has a hard time dealing with an author who doesn’t stick to their tried and true. But I don’t want to just write in the Gordath-verse, although I enjoy it when I’m there. (Yes, I know I was ready to close the door on it last year after I turned in Red Gold Bridge, but the portal has a way of sneaking up on you and demanding to be opened.)
I want to write the Holy Grail of romances, the Regency. I want to write space opera. I want to write a Halo novel. (What? That’s weird?) I want to have a new fantasy series creep out of my subconscious with new characters who speak to me when I should be doing industry analysis from census data. (If my boss is reading this — just kidding!)
So I can see how publishing would find it hard to keep up. So here’s the thing. I’m going to keep writing them. I’ll excerpt them on the website, and maybe start a podcast or two. If publishing wants them, they’ll let me know. If you want one, I can figure out a way to get it to you. Just say the word.
In the meantime, The Unexpected Miss Bennet is off to the agent. Let the adventures begin.