I'm thrilled and delighted to announce that I have sold the first two books in a new series to Pocket! The as-yet-untitled novels feature thirty-ish Joe Bashir, a hunky Pakistani-American detective in an affluent suburb of San Francisco.
Let me just say right up front that I LOVE Joe Bashir. If I was fifteen years younger - and he wasn't imaginary - we'd be involved, for sure. On second thought, I guess we *are* involved, since I've written a number of short stories as well as a completed book and a number of proposals featuring Joe and his colleagues.
The best thing about this new venture is that my new editor is Abby Zidle. I've had a writer-crush on AZ forever, and not just because she claims that her edit directives "are made of kitten whiskers and moondust" - that woman is SMART. Scary smart, and you all know how I feel about smart.
I don't have many details yet, but let me share the pitch for the book. If you're wondering where it fits in the Littlefield imagin-o-rama, I'd say the Joe books are more procedural and "serious" than the Stella series, not as gruesome as the AFTERTIME series, while still being very character-driven. Barbara (who, you'll remember, calls me the 2nd-worst pitcher ever) likens them to John Sandford's work, a comparison I'll be glad to take, thank you very much!
I'll share more when I have more, but for now I'm just excited about the new venture. Onward!