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Retrieval Artist Update #4

Click, click, click, click. The sounds you hear are the pieces falling into place.

One week after I gave Dean (who is my first reader) Search & Recovery, I gave him The Peyti Crisis, the next book in the Anniversary Day Saga. If he likes it, it’ll go to the content editor.

I didn’t write a 100,000-word novel in a week.  I did, however, write a lot of pages, because I had to completely revisit one character’s motivations & interactions. I had initially written much of The Peyti Crisis after Murder of Clones, then got to the next book (working on it today) and realized I had missed some really important stuff. So, then I went back, wrote Search & Recovery, changed some things in Murder of Clones, and revised The Peyti Crisis.

Yes, writing out of order is fun. Yes, you’re reading sarcasm.

For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, check out the previous three updates. You can see inside my process (probably more than you want to), and you’ll learn why this has become such an endeavor.A Murder of Clones #23C403F

What the completion of The Peyti Crisis means is that the books for January, February, and March are now done (unless Dean hates The Peyti Crisis [or the content editor does]), and I’m moving onto the next book, which is half done already. I suspect some of what I wrote can’t be salvaged, but much of that book is fine just the way it is.

Of course, in the middle of all this assembly, I stop and write parts of the book after the next book because it all fits.

Yes, writing out of order is fun. Yes, you’re still reading sarcasm.

But I can see the end now, and I’m really pleased with it.

And here’s something even more fun. WMG’s marvelous Allyson Longuiera designed the cover for A Murder of Clones. Note the Anniversary Day Saga “bug” (that little button), which all of the books in the saga will have for ease of reading. She’s going back and adding that to Anniversary Day and Blowback as well. We’ll reissue those books with a letter from me in the front in October and November. That way, the entire saga will match.

More coming! Stay tuned!




  1. Nicole Thomas Nicole Thomas
    June 22, 2014    

    I am so excited for all of these books to come out. Do you know when we will be able to pre-order these? I do not want to miss their release dates.

    • June 22, 2014    

      Thanks, Nicole. I’ll have more information on preorders and other specials for long time fans in August and September. :-)

  2. Marimba Ani Marimba Ani
    June 7, 2014    

    I’m so SO excited for these books to come out.

    Thanks for the update, Kris.

  3. June 7, 2014    

    If I’m able to outline a short story from beginning to end, and find myself stuck at writing the beginning, I would write all the scenes in reverse order (i.e., end to beginning). A quick way to get the rough draft, but a PITA to smooth out in editing the subsequent drafts. :)

    • June 7, 2014    

      I don’t outline, C.D. It kills the joy of discovery for me and makes writing drudgery. If only I could outline, my life would be so much easier. :-)

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