I’m beginning work on a novel that will be published in the summer of 2014. That means I’m brainstorming ideas. It might look like I’m sitting on the sofa watching Homeland, but you all know better. Ahem.
During this period, dozens of ideas pop up, run through my head, and are either rejected, mulled, embraced, or booted out the window. And today I thought I’d perform a bit of reader research. Which of the following ideas do you (a) love, (b) hate, (c) yawn at, (d) have no idea what I’m talking about?
- Post-apocalyptic Amish romance
- Cozy mystery where the crime is solved by a lovable hamster
- Thriller in which a brilliant but unstable CIA analyst plays cat and mouse espionage game with hero-or-maybe-terrorist U.S. Marine.
- Elizabethan intrigue — in which the Court of the Virgin Queen is infiltrated by extraterrestrials. (“The Boleyn Girl from Another Planet.”)
Okay, I’m just messing with you. To my editor, if you’re reading this: please stop hyperventilating.
Except for the Elizabethan Extraterrestrial saga. I think the aliens would look amazing in corsets and bodkins and jerkins and all that.
Back to work.