I finished writing Wildcat on Christmas Eve at about 3PM. Sure, it's just another book in what is hopefully a long line, but if it is indeed the last of the Cat Star Chronicles, this is a very bittersweet time for me. Those cats have been a big part of my life since 2006--almost six years now. They'll continue to play a role for at least another year, because Wildcat won't be released until February of 2013. There will be edits and rewrites, but probably not another book. Still, nine books is a big accomplishment, and though they've enabled me to establish friendships with many wonderful people, my characters are friends, too, and saying goodbye to friends is never easy.
Thankfully, I have some old friends to revisit. I'll be working on the rewrites of existing manuscripts, but probably won't write anything entirely new for a while--unless inspiration suddenly strikes, which it has a habit of doing. It helps to be open to those bolts from the blue when they come, and to recognize them for what they are. Hopefully, I'll come up with another idea that's as good or better than the cats. I'm a better writer than I was when I was first published, and I can be more objective now. Still, Cat and Jack will always remain as dear to me as any friends I've ever had. There's a part of me in them, and they taught me a few things, too.
I gathered as many of the heroes and heroines together from my previous books as possible for a few scenes in Wildcat. Getting all of them in was impossible, and would have been very confusing for new readers, but those of you who have been with me throughout this journey will have no difficulty remembering any of them. I'm sorry I won't be answering all the questions about the future of everyone in the series, but I think you'll get the idea. It's been a fun time, and I truly do hate to see it end.
Speaking of ends...
Here's one I think you'll enjoy!