Okay, so you can't say I'm resting on my proverbial laurals, I've just gotten an enthusiastic "yes" from David Blixt, author of the recently released and terrifically engaging historical fiction novel Master of Verona, to be interviewed on this blog. That makes two men writers who've agreed to share their insights and I'm seeking out more.
If you want to get to know David before I post his interview, please head over to the indefatigable Sarah Johnson's blog Reading the Past, where she's just posted an in-depth interview with him that offers great insights into him and his work. Thanks, Sarah!
On my front, I'm very pleased (and relieved) to report that my editor at Ballantine Books has officially "approved" my revisions to The Last Queen. To those who might not understand the significance, this means I've entered the final phase toward publication. Acceptance of the revised manuscript was crucial, as the changes my editor suggested were dependant on my ability to implement them. I'm glad to say that, while challenging at moments, the revisions significantly improved the book, not to mention that it was great fun to rediscover the characters while writing several new scenes and revising / altering others.
I've since returned to my Catherine de Medici manuscript, which poses its own unique challenges in that I find myself struggling against a word count limit that my book clearly would rather exceed. Nevertheless, the discipline I must exercise in keeping the words under strict control has taught me some invaluable editorial lessons in how not to indulge my near-incontrollable urge to pile on those rampant adjectives and adverbs.