Reader Alice had a second query that is similar to questions from Make Kay and Michelle via Facebook. Here’s Alice’s question:
My second question is probably expected. I love, love the Julia Grey series! I really love the direction you are taking this series after your most recent novella with the Vespiary. Can you give us any hope at all for a future full-length Julia Grey/Vespiary novel?
The short answer is probably not. Here’s why: after I wrote the fifth Julia Grey novel, my publisher put the series on hiatus and asked for something different. To fulfill my contract, I wrote A SPEAR OF SUMMER GRASS, CITY OF JASMINE, and the upcoming NIGHT OF A THOUSAND STARS. They were happy to let me carry on the Julia Grey storyline via digital novellas, and I’ve used those to continue the story arc I had planned for Julia had I written a full-length novel. (The four novellas–including BONFIRE NIGHT, the Nov. 2014 release–add up to almost the same word length as a novel.)
Once I finished my contract, I made the decision to leave my publisher. My agent pitched a brand new Victorian mystery series, and as I shared in July, that’s what I’m writing now. (I can’t share release dates or titles yet, but as soon as I can, I will!) I’m writing for NAL/Penguin now, and I can tell you the new series will be hardcover. I can also tell you that a new publisher almost never wants to revive a series another publisher has declined to finish. There are exceptions of course, but they are rare, so the likeliest outcome is that we’ll move forward with the new series, and the novella in November will be the last Julia project. As I blogged earlier, if the Julia books were to become a TV series or a film, that would revive interest and future books would then be possible. So, if you want new Julia books and you own a production company, drop me an email!