I’ve been sitting on this news for a while, because I’m a superstitious weirdo. (Also because I don’t like to talk about things until the contracts are signed. Call me crazy.)
But anyway, yeah! I am thrilled beyond words to announce that Tor has purchased SOMETHING MORE THAN NIGHT, my first post-Milkweed novel. Hooray! Oh Frabjous Day!
Details below the cut.
The title of my next novel, SOMETHING MORE THAN NIGHT, comes from a quote by Raymond Chandler. In an essay where he looked back to describe some of his earlier short fiction, written before he hit his stride with the Philip Marlowe novels, he said, in part, “The law was something to be manipulated for profit and power. The streets were dark with something more than night.”
The book is a Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler-inspired murder mystery set in Heaven. Imagine central casting for a 1930s detective novel juxtaposed with all the strange and terrifying members of the heavenly choir: Angels, Archangels, Principalities, Thrones, Dominions, Powers, Virtues, Seraphim, Cherubim… Swell dames and femmes fatales, dirty priests and the Voice of God.
I had the idea for this novel quite a while ago, but held off on thinking about it until I’d finished the first draft of NECESSARY EVIL, the third and final Milkweed book. The new novel began as my treat to myself, a reward for finishing the Milkweed novels. But I’m still having a ton of fun with this book, all these months later. This is by far the most fun I’ve ever had writing a novel, and when the final product hits shelves, I hope that readers will find a similar sense of fun and enjoyment. This new book is my favorite project of anything I’ve ever written.
I plan to submit the finished manuscript this summer. I don’t know when the final, finished product will appear—it’s a little too soon to start talking about publication dates. It’ll be after NECESSARY EVIL hit shelves (in April, 2013).
I know I’ve already said this, but I am thrilled as thrilled can be. I love this book and I’m absolutely delighted that it has a home. And I hope, when SOMETHING MORE THAN NIGHT finally makes its way into the world, that readers enjoy it, too.