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Soccer Mom
08-09-2006, 07:35 PM
Okay, yes, I stole this idea from one of the other genres. I liked the idea of a place for us to share what we are working on and what we write. Also a place to brag and make announcements for publication in the fields of Mystery/Suspense/Thriller.

I'm shopping a suspense novel to agents right now. I'm writing an adult mystery. (31K as of today.) I've also just started a YA suspense novel (2K as of today).

What are y'all working on? What do you write?

DeborahM
08-09-2006, 09:35 PM
I have a corporate murder manuscript at an agent, who I don't believe is working hard enough and am thinking about voiding the contract and querying elsewhere.

I'm working on what I've titled Mea Culpa, which is about a serial rapist/murderer. I'm at 25,000+ right now.

My next project will be a true crime about the rape/murder of a 16 year old down by Waco just before the FBI invaded the city and the investigation was put off until the siege was over. I met her mother, who has given me everything she has about the case.

After that, I'll go back to what comes out of my evil, manical mind. :e2brows:

Good luck with your queries!

Begbie
08-09-2006, 10:18 PM
My agent is currently trying to sell my legal thriller. I just yesterday finished the first draft of my second manuscript, a hard-boiled private detective novel.

Ordinary_Guy
08-09-2006, 10:55 PM
I'm currently reworking a query letter for a 95k word thriller. Other projects include related stories (that thriller has serial potential) and potentially a short speculative (SF-ish) bit aimed at small press.

Good Word
08-10-2006, 12:12 AM
I've got a supernatural thriller and a short spec-y story in progress, and a handful of poems that I dredged up from a box from years ago that I am tweaking.

And some technical stuff that I'm editing.

nevada
08-10-2006, 01:13 AM
I'm working on an Action/Adventure featuring a kick-*** woman hero, a mentor/boss who betrays her for money, African weapons smuggling, assassination and much fighting, both with and without weapons. Lots of fun.

And I write literary shorts where nobody fights except with words, there are no weapons, but lots of betrayal.

Linda Adams
08-10-2006, 02:19 AM
I'm co-writing an "action adventure thriller for women" (which is our pitch line; we've gotten a lot of good reactions from that) called Audacious Run. Co-writer and I are just finishing up the ending now and hope to have a query out to a couple of agents soon. We have one agent from a writer's conference who is interested in seeing it.

MyFirstMystery
08-10-2006, 05:44 AM
I'm working on my first mystery novel - set in a hospital. My protagonist is an HR manager. I'm about 32K words in.

I have a few half-novels and am determined to finish this one.

http://piecesofme.typepad.com

nevada
08-10-2006, 07:45 AM
Linda, when I saw what you are working on, an action/adventure for women, I thought shoot I might as well not write mine because that's what I'm writing. Totally illogical. lol I mean there is obviously room for more than one of them. Mine's called The Hunt, which totally sucks. I'm bad at titles. You should see the trouble I have coming up with titles for my shorts.

Ordinary_Guy
08-10-2006, 08:04 AM
...You should see the trouble I have coming up with titles for my shorts.
"Plaid."
"Stripes."
"Polkadots."
"George."

Lee_OC
08-10-2006, 08:06 AM
I write noir/crime short stories.

I'm working on a novella that will be an erotic thriller. Or maybe it'll be called noir erotica. The label isn't too important. I just need to finish it. :)

asorum
08-10-2006, 08:20 AM
I'm working on a thriller based in bush Alaska. I'm at 31k for the moment.

aruna
08-10-2006, 09:46 AM
I recently finished a suspense novel based on the Jonestown mass suicide. It's been requested in full or partial form by seven agents, all top notch. 111000 words

Next I'm going to write two sequels using the same female MC, both in cult settings.

Lifelongdagger
08-10-2006, 03:29 PM
I have just begun a novel where the main character, a bitter, faithless, drunken writer of historical fiction stumbles upon a sinister secret society that actually re-writes history for real.

Sounds a bit mad but I think it'll work . . .

Kate Thornton
08-10-2006, 06:02 PM
I write mystery & crime short stories - just finished several this week and they went out the door: one to AHMM, several to various other venues, one to a holiday murder anthology, and a reprint to the premier issue of Mouth Full of Bullets. I'm currently working on another set of three flash mysteries, a story involving a missing door and a longer work based loosely on my brother's six wives.

Gravity
08-10-2006, 07:22 PM
Okay, where to start? My third Joe Box novel (To Skin a Cat), will be in both CBA and ABA stores nationwide on 1 September. The first two, Until the Last Dog Dies, and When Skylarks Fall, garnered some nice reviews (thank God!), and Cat got some nice inside-the-front-cover and back cover blurbs. I'm only about five thousand words into the fourth Joe Box book, With Wolves as Music, and it's not moving along as briskly as I'd like (although my agent loves what she's seen so far). A spec-fiction thriller, Gravity Fades (about 100k words), is being considered by a CBA house now. Another CBA house is considering a science fiction novel, A Certain Slant of Light (it's not yet written; all they have so far is the sell-sheet and synopsis). Plus I have another series started, featuring a different detective. The first one, Consumed (running about 90k words), is being reviewed by several houses, including some pretty nice New York ABA ones.

That's about it! :D

Good Word
08-10-2006, 07:30 PM
What are CBA and ABA?

Gravity
08-10-2006, 07:43 PM
CBA: Christian Booksellers Association, ABA: American Booksellers Association (secular stores).

Soccer Mom
08-10-2006, 10:26 PM
I am enjoying this so much. I love hearing about everyone's WIP. Keep us posted as it goes.

John, I'm going to look for your Joe Box books.

BTW- I love the idea of women's thrillers! I love action. It is time people realized that women want more than cozies.

Good luck to everyone with novels/ss pending out there in hopeful limbo :)

Calla Lily
08-12-2006, 02:45 AM
My first thriller is a finalist in the American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis contest (for unpubbed writers).

2 houses are looking at partials.

It's #1 in a series of 3, but swirling in my brain are ideas for companion-type books: same setting, different characters.

Contest winners announced end of Sept.

The waiting is getting to me--but what a rush after umpteen rejections!

:D

stormie
08-12-2006, 03:02 AM
I'm still trying to break into AHMM or EQMM. It's one of my goals.

I have a ghost story my agent is shopping to publishers right now.

But it's August, and responses seem to be so-o-o slow in August. Everyone seems to be on vacation.

OmenSpirits.com
08-12-2006, 05:02 AM
I'm launching an Ezine Pulp magazine and in the works to edit an anthology for an Indie publisher out of Brooklyn.

Plus shopping a few short stories, a serial, and a novel to write.

Plus finishing the Ezine web site-built-updated-and maintained by yours truly.

Plus writing a short story for said anthology and webzine.

I've a busy plate, and am happy for it. :)

"GET READY FOR ADVENTURE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

rtilryarms
08-13-2006, 01:58 AM
I have a UFO Mystery/Thriller. Fiction based on a true event.

And I have a Mystery/Suspense. It kind of exposes still another, previously secret arm of the CIA. It is also fact based fiction.

Ordinary_Guy
08-13-2006, 09:41 AM
I have a UFO Mystery/Thriller. Fiction based on a true event.

And I have a Mystery/Suspense. It kind of exposes still another, previously secret arm of the CIA. It is also fact based fiction.
Sounds cool! Both of 'em. Are they WIPs or are they published?

I'm reworking my crap query letter [almost] as we speak which actually seems to fall squarely between your two works. Good news that you're making [made?] the attempt, though tells me there's still a market for it.

rtilryarms
08-13-2006, 06:34 PM
Sounds cool! Both of 'em. Are they WIPs or are they published?


As of this morning the Mystery/Suspense is about 42K (targeted for 100K) and the UFO is 9K. The Mystery/Suspense is completely outlined to the last chapter, so it's just typing left.

The 9K of the UFO is the fact part. I'm trying several stories around it but they are all conspiracies. I'm experimenting wth an alternate explanation for the real reason for UFO's and that is the way I am leaning.

My primary WIP is about 60K (targeted for 100K) and It is also 100% outlined. It's highly sensitive stuff about some dirty politics involving real people previously untarnished. I have to be extremely careful with that one or I can get into some real trouble. I might have to wait another 10 years to publish or at least get some historical and writing credits behind me.

Ordinary_Guy
08-14-2006, 12:15 AM
Man, I don't want to derail the thread but this is interesting stuff...

The 9K of the UFO is the fact part. I'm trying several stories around it but they are all conspiracies. I'm experimenting wth an alternate explanation for the real reason for UFO's and that is the way I am leaning.
Just in writing, how close to the vest do you keep it?

As long as you've got compelling characters, you can draw in just about anybody. The subject will draw an audience and if you've got action/intrigue, that'll draw an audience... when it hits the market, you've got potential for a wide range of eyeballs. But actually putting it together...? That gets complicated.

I wrote mine – a similar vein – through several different versions but no critique groups. A couple of different trusted beta readers, yes, but nobody that had a real handle on how many technical specialties this subject overlaps. You've got the potential for: historical field intelligence operations, current intelligence organizations, possible military special operations, military research and development, highly theoretical physics, politics and the nature of classification, sociology and preconception around the phenomena (much of which may actually be influenced by CI/PSYOPS OpSec). That's a lot to juggle.

In one respect, it would've been great to have the feedback of a critique group... but after immersing myself, I found this strange impulse to write like I'd signed an NDA and not talk about it until that sucker was on the shelves of Barnes and Noble.

Beyond just the libel potential of "dirty politics," do you find your subject matter affects how you write?

...dirty politics involving real people previously untarnished...
As in "untarnished politicians"? I didn't think those existed...

Jenan Mac
08-14-2006, 05:54 AM
I've been reworking my submission packet for a paranormal suspense novel involving a family of witches and a religiously preoccupied serial murderer. And I'm in mid-outline on a new one, whose theme thus far is "be careful what you ask for, and of whom".

TheGaffer
08-14-2006, 06:24 AM
I've been querying my 80,000-wd mystery/political thriller set in Afghanistan for most of the year (hence the 26/40 rejection pledge stats). I haven't done any queries since getting back from a trip in July. I haven't done enough queries, and am reminded of that daily whenever I visit these boards! (How many before you just give up on one you've written? 100? 150?)

My 2nd WIP which centers around the same character, I've got about 160 pgs written, or about 40,000 words, and it feels like I'm a little less than halfway through. Kicking around ideas in my head for the next one, but let's not get ahead of ourselves.

rtilryarms
08-14-2006, 04:53 PM
As in "untarnished politicians"? I didn't those existed...


LOL! I realize my mistake.

Previously untarnished record or reputation is what i meant. However one of the Pols i fought was Doug Danz&iger. He was always pronouncing certain pizza restaurants as mafia/syndication/underworld related. He took on innocent people. He also fronted the war against spring break and that was my biggest involvement. Then he went after the strip clubs, porn shops and magazine censorship. A real hero to our community.

you can gogle him to see the results. My good old friend Dougy. I added the & so it is not googlable. He isn't part of my WIP so I don't want to associate this board with him.

rtilryarms
08-14-2006, 05:21 PM
Ordinary Guy,

I expanded a little here: http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=35492

Please ignore the terrible writing and spelling. I usually have time to just swoop in and swoop out.

For some reason, every time I mention the ufo story I get a lot of interest. Maybe I am concentrating on the wrong books?

Soccer Mom
08-30-2006, 10:11 PM
Just bumping back up. Anyone seen OG in a while?

Ordinary_Guy
09-01-2006, 09:15 AM
Just bumping back up. Anyone seen OG in a while?
Sorry... life is crazy hectic right now. More work than I know what to do with, plus my volunteer group has been training for an Emergency Responder competition (https://www.citizencorps.gov/citizenCorps/eventDetail.do?eventID=2230). I swear to god, it seems the length of a day has shrunk from 24hrs to 15hrs and left me with no time to sleep/write/breathe.

...And then, suddenly, between bites of powerbar, I had a sudden and irresistible AW jones. Nice to know I'm missed. :D

I'll be sporadic for a couple of weeks but I haven't faded away!

Ordinary_Guy
09-01-2006, 09:17 AM
Ordinary Guy,

I expanded a little here: http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=35492

Please ignore the terrible writing and spelling. I usually have time to just swoop in and swoop out.

For some reason, every time I mention the ufo story I get a lot of interest. Maybe I am concentrating on the wrong books?
Cool. I will check that thread out...

BJ Bourg
09-02-2006, 06:50 PM
My current works in progress are:

-finalizing the premiere issue of Mouth Full of Bullets
-polishing my novel "Hollow Crib" and shopping it
-presentation on homicide investigations for a Nov. writing conference
-completing "Author Questionnaire" for the Amazon Shorts program
-completing "Author Questionnaire" for the anthology "EX Factor"
-formatting a story called "Secrets in the Cane" for submission to AHMM
-finding a market for a flash piece called "Final Level"
-writing my column for the September Issue of Mysterical-E
-reading submissions for future issues of Mouth Full of Bullets

I'd also like to finish a few stories I'd started a while back. I'll submit most of those to the Amazon Shorts program.

Take care,

bjb

Soccer Mom
09-03-2006, 12:00 AM
Wow. Sounds very busy, BJ. Good luck on all your projects!

swvaughn
09-03-2006, 01:02 AM
Dang it! I tried so hard to stay lurking...

Looks like this is the thread for me. Nice to meet all you mystery/suspense/thriller writers (phew -- there are still some more out there!). It's great to hear about what everyone's working on! Good luck to all!

Oh, and I guess I'm working on things too. I just finished a romantic suspense (more suspense than romance) that is coming out in print and e-book this fall from Wild Child Publishing. I'm working on another. That covers one pseudonym.

My other pseudonym writes thrillers. I have four of six books in my series completed (streetfighters and prostitutes and evil torturers and stuff, whee!). The first two are under consideration at WCP. I'm shopping the third, currently trying to gather more info on Forge (which is why I de-lurked in the first place).

And real me is a freelance writer with a deadline on Monday, which I really should be working on right now, but am I? Nooooo, writers-me just had to come in here and poke around to see what everyone was up to.

Heck, who needs sleep, anyway? :)

(now get back to work, S *cracks whip*)

JDCrayne
09-09-2006, 02:06 AM
The fifth book in my Det. Mark Stoddard series, "Corpse With The Key," is coming out on the 15th as an eBook and will be available from Fictionwise or directly from Renaissance.

(I've also got a space adventure coming out at the same time, and am working on a fantasy that I'll have finished around Thanksgiving.)

JDCrayne
09-09-2006, 02:11 AM
My other pseudonym writes thrillers. I have four of six books in my series completed (streetfighters and prostitutes and evil torturers and stuff, whee!).



I really really wish I had put out the fantasies and SF under a different name. My mysteries are the cosy sort -- no sex, minimal violence, and the corpse is already dead when we get there. Then I write a fantasy where a fourteen yr. old girl slashes a guy's throat when he tries to rape her and there's gore splattered all over the room. I am afraid this is going to confuse people. *sigh* Too late now.

swvaughn
09-09-2006, 06:19 AM
Well, you have the J.D. thing going for you with the sf/f! People might think J.D. Robb when they see them. :)

soloset
09-11-2006, 08:59 AM
My other pseudonym writes thrillers. I have four of six books in my series completed (streetfighters and prostitutes and evil torturers and stuff, whee!). The first two are under consideration at WCP. I'm shopping the third, currently trying to gather more info on Forge (which is why I de-lurked in the first place).

Awesome! I saw a review for one of those on crabby cows and sent the link to a friend who can't wait to get his hands on them.

Soccer Mom
09-11-2006, 05:17 PM
Bj has a link for his new online mag posted on the announcement board.

www.mouthfullofbullets.com Check it out. I really enjoyed some of the stories.

Gravity
09-11-2006, 06:27 PM
According to the marketing peeps, my latest Joe Box suspense/action/fill-in-the-blank novel shipped on 1 September, and should be showing up on store shelves (near YOU!) on 15 September. Plus my agent has the first in a new series in the hands of some Aq.Eds. at some NY houses now; still waiting to hear back on that. Plus I'm getting my material together to teach at the Santa Fe conference next month. That's about it.

swvaughn
09-11-2006, 10:12 PM
Thank you, soloset! I hope your friend enjoys the books! :)

I've recently heard back from WCP and I'm now under contract there for the entire series, including the two I haven't written yet.

I've never been under contract for books I haven't finished. Very exciting!

soloset
09-12-2006, 09:16 AM
Yay! I'm pretty certain he'll adore all of them -- when I was reading the review, I just knew I'd have to send him a link. I think he has Broken Angel on order from Amazon. Definitely let us know when and where we can order the others.

And congrats to everyone who has had good new this week! :)

swvaughn
09-17-2006, 05:16 AM
soloset -- really? Wow... Amazon isn't supposed to have any more copies, though they do have the book listed.

Please tell him to let me know if he doesn't get it and I'll be happy to send him an ebook for now, until the novel is released through my new publisher (we're anticipating in time for Christmas :D). My e-mail is on my website.

soloset
09-18-2006, 04:38 AM
Oh, thank you! Last I'd heard, he was "waiting for it but Amazon had moved the ship date back" or something. I forgot to ask him about it today.

I'll ask him what he wants to do; he may just wait until they're out in print. I can never tell with him.

DTKelly
10-07-2006, 02:27 AM
I'm currently at work on my first novel (23k into it). It's a PI novel, working title Predator Hunter.

I have several followup novels to this first one in the planning stages.

Ad Astra
10-08-2006, 10:29 PM
*pokes signature*

2.5k done as of 10/8/06, started on 10/6/06.

JDCrayne
10-09-2006, 06:45 AM
I finally broke the log jam in my head and started on a new mystery. It takes place at a writers' salon, and is a sequel to one I wrote last year about a murder at a science fiction convention. I'm going to poison a noxious writer during the champagne brunch. Heh, heh, heh!

Shara
10-19-2006, 12:22 AM
I'm writing the first of what I hope will be a series of novels featuring the same character - an amateur sleuth who's a professional actress (incidently this is where my login name comes from - it's my character's name). Currently on the 3rd draft, and thinking I might need a 4th.

I lurch between thinking the manuscript is actually pretty good and has a much better chance of being published than my last one (which is a horror novel) and then thinking it's a load of shite and I should stop pretending to be a writer and focus on the day job instead.

Shara

Kate Thornton
10-19-2006, 12:58 AM
I lurch between thinking the manuscript is actually pretty good and has a much better chance of being published than my last one (which is a horror novel) and then thinking it's a load of shite and I should stop pretending to be a writer and focus on the day job instead.


Ah, just like most of us...!

Soccer Mom
10-20-2006, 07:54 PM
:D Like Kate said. That makes you one of us. Yesterday, I typed THE END on a children's chapter book and thought it was the best thing I've ever written for kids. Today I don't think anyone will ever read it. But I'll let it sit for the month of November and read it again. It still might be the best thing I've ever written. Or it might go in the closet. :D

Shara
10-21-2006, 12:48 AM
It's always nice to know it's not just me!

At present, I'm feeling pretty good about the novel. But that follows six months of me feeling it wasn't going anywhere.

Shara

jpserra
10-27-2006, 08:25 AM
SOCCER MOM, Congrats on the conclusion. I've been struggling with the last few chapters of a novel for the past 3 months. I look forward to that almost forgotton feeling.

I am readying to sign a contract on the second novel, but this fourth manuscript is kicking my butt. Somehow the good feelings of the payoff are overshadowed by my basic problem.

JPS

jpserra
10-27-2006, 08:27 AM
OK, everyone should stop writing detective novels until I"m rich, or a least happy. Never mind, that might never happen. Nice to be in good company.

JPS

Soccer Mom
10-27-2006, 06:05 PM
Thanks JPS. You're not alone. I just finished my other project, a middle grade mystery. Yay to a second THE END. Hey, I'm no competition. I mostly write mysteries for youngsters. I have yet to sell anything adult, although I've tried.