By the time A Crafty Killing comes out (in two weeks--GAK!), I'll have been sitting on it for two years since I sighed the contract. That's a L-O-N-G time to think about the whole series concept.
I admit it, I wrote the book(s) for a number of reasons, but I think the biggest one was because it would give me the chance to potentially write something "girlie."
Ever since I discovered country (or rather eclectic) decorating, I've wanted to immerse myself into pure girlishness. Not so easy when you've been a tomboy all your life. And the truth is, I'll never be a clothes horse and I can't be bothered to hand wash my good dishes. But I like having this kind of stuff and admiring it. (And I love reading magazines like Victoria, Romantic Homes, etc.
I figured if I ever sold the Victoria Square books it would be a license to be girlie. Whoo-hoo! I intend to have fun with this, and since I love most things Victoriana, I've allowed myself to dip my toe into it.
One thing I did was order calling cards. Talk about restrictive -- they only let you have so many characters per line, so I had to be judicious. And I wanted them to be generic enough that I could use them for the life of the series, because how the heck am I going to get rid of 500 of them? So far I've given away zip! But I am taking them to my book launch on Feb. 5th--so anybody who wants one then can have one. And I might start adding them to my goody bags. (Truth be told, when the bags were put together for the book launch--gulp--I forgot about them.)
So what do you think? What else can I do that's girlie?