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[personal|writing] A change of direction

Well, Calamity of So Long a Life is out the door, and I’ve found myself doing a lot of soul searching about my writing career, the kind of work I’m doing, and where I’m likely to go over the next few years, especially in the face of my ongoing cancer struggles.

This really has been an incredibly rewarding journey I’ve been on since 1990. Science fiction and fantasy have always been the home of my heart, and they always will be. Too much of who I am was built on the experience of being a reader, a fan, a writer, for all these years.

But it’s time for a change. I’m redirecting my efforts toward something that better reflects the current circumstances of my life, and offers me a greater shot at economic success. From now on, I’m going to be writing nurse romances.

I’ve already proposed a five part series to my agent, The White Shoe Shuffle. The working titles are:

  • Candy Striper For Life
  • Love in a Paper Hat
  • Doctor-Nurse Relations
  • Bedside Manner Blues
  • The Ward Heeler

I know this change will challenge my readers and fans, but I’m really hoping you’ll be able to follow me in this new direction of mine. I’ll be combining my experiences as a cancer patient with my love of fiction and my writing talents to create something new, vibrant and hopefully a hell of a lot of fun.

Thank you.

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