Some months ago, Victoria asked: “Have you stopped writing your Dirk & Steele novels? If not when will the next book be coming out?”
The Dirk & Steele novels, for those unfamiliar with them, are part of a paranormal romance series that I wrote from 2005 to 2011. There are eleven novels total, and they’re about shape-shifters, mermen, psychics, gargoyles, witches — solving crime, falling in love, finding acceptance. All set in our modern, contemporary world.
I loved writing them. And I would love to say that I haven’t stopped writing them, but the truth is that the publisher wasn’t all that interested in continuing the series. They wanted me to do something new. Which was about to happen, back in 2011 or so, but then my life turned topsy-turvy, I quit writing novels for a couple years (burned out, exhausted), and in that intervening time I moved on to other things.
Every now and then I think, “yes, let me return — there are still characters I love, ideas that I never was able to explore,” but realistically, I don’t know if that will happen. I’m working on a novel, but it’s very different from my other work, partially because I’m different. I’m not the same person I was five or six years ago. My voice as a writer has changed. Also, I’m swamped. I’ve got four different projects I’m working on, all near and dear to my heart. There just isn’t space right now to go back.
Sometimes, as writers, we have to let go — even when there’s unfinished business. Maybe one day I’ll find the head and heart-space to return to Dirk & Steele, but if I do, I suspect the series will look very different.
Oh, but for fans of the first novel, Tiger Eye, check out the video game that was made, based off the book. Part 1 is Tiger Eye: Curse of the Riddle Box and Part 2 is Tiger Eye: The Sacrifice. I know it sounds crazy, but I always forget these exist, so when I do remember I’m very proud of myself for recalling the obvious.
Oh, and years ago Kalman Andrasofszky (we worked together on NYX) created some amazing illustrations for a few of my novels. Here’s the only one he did for the Dirk & Steele series; specifically, The Fire King.