Several months back, my agent (Hannah Fergesen at KT Literary) and I went through the stack of partial novels I’d written over the years to figure out which of them to pitch to ANGRY ROBOT as a second book. This, of course, was a reinforcing lesson in Never Delete Anything because the story Hannah figured we should go with was one I’d started in 2017 but shelved in order to write THE PHLEBOTOMIST, which ended up being my debut!
It had a good premise and about 120 so-so pages. We reworked the first three chapters, smoothed out the story arc, and pitched it. Angry Robot bought it and it comes out in Spring of 2022!
Here’s a quick synopsis:
Ben isn’t exactly a genius, but he has an immense breadth of knowledge. Whether it’s natural science (specifically the intricacies of bug sex), or vintage timepieces, he can spout facts and information with the best of experts. He just can’t explain why he knows any of it. Another thing he knows is the location of the Chime. What it is or why it’s important, he can’t say.
But this knowledge is about to get him in a whole heap of trouble, as a trash-talking, flesh construct bounty hunter is on his tail and looking to sell him to the highest bidder. And being able to describe the mating habits of Brazilian bark lice won’t be enough to get him out of it.