The next thing on my to-do list is a final edit of "Touchstone". It's a story I really love - practically a comfort read for me - but it is massively different to everything else I've written. Character from this world. Young adult. Diary format.
The tone is very free-flowing, full of slang and Australian-isms, and I don't want to clean it up to the point I lose the voice which has emerged, but I do need to tune the lazier sentences, and strengthen the overarching theme. Clocking in at more than 250,000 words, it's a daunting edit to embark upon. Thankfully the decision to split it means I can work on it in two neat sections.
The story is such a significant departure from my other work it poses something of a marketing challenge. Do I warn those who like my fantasy novels to look before they leap? Will the diary format work against me? In some respects this is the closest I will ever come to a "high concept" novel - tons of hot young men and women in tight black uniforms, the ghost of a love triangle and plenty of angsting from Cass. But I can't see psychic space ninjas derailing the vampire/steampunk juggernauts.