Thursday, August 27, 2009

News! More Izzy books on the way...

By Laura Caldwell

I don’t know why I didn’t write a series before—a continuing character with a posse of interesting people around her. It was my friend, Sarah Mlynowski, an author friend, who sat me down one day in a Manhattan diner and asked me why I wasn’t writing about someone who was a lawyer and why all my redhead characters were always slutty or evil and why I wasn’t using Chicago even more than I had before. I opened my mouth, had nothing to say in response, and the Izzy McNeil books began to be hatched that day.

And I have news today—there will be more Izzy books! Specifically, my excellent editor, Valerie Gray, through my excellent publisher, MIRA, have asked me to write four more and my answer was a quick, loud, YES! I admit I did pause for a second and ask my excellent agent, Amy Moore-Benson, if the deadlines were going to look the same as they did with the Izzy trilogy (editing 1 of them and writing 2 of them in one year, while I also had to finish a non-fiction book). When she told me I’d get more time than that (at least a little), I was in. (We’ll be making an announcement in September about exactly when the fourth Izzy McNeil book will be out.)

I’ve been saying it all summer, but now it’s more true than ever—if you’ve read the Izzy books and have any thoughts on where she should go from here, the characters you’d like to see return, those you’d rather see disappear into the Chicago night or any interesting journeys Izzy might make, let me know about them. If I haven’t already stumbled upon what you’re suggesting and I use it, I’ll put the readers who contributed in the acknowledgements of the book, because really, you guys have been amazing. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all of you who’ve spent time with Izzy or have written me to tell me your thoughts. And I truly do want to hear more—anything! So write a comment, visit me at lauracaldwell.com or write me at info@lauracaldwell.com and don’t hold back.

PS – Those of you who’ve read the books know that Izzy has been long trying to weed curse words from her vocabulary, replacing things like God damn it with God bless you, Fu#$ you with Flub you, and Son of a bitch with Son-of-a-motherless-goat. I got Izzy started on this campaign after my college friend Amy kept saying, “Mother hen in a basket!” instead of what she wanted to say when she was angry. (You can figure it out). So anyway, do you have any replacement swear words you’d be willing to share and let Izzy use? Let me know about that, too. Thanks!

11 comments:

Jason Pinter said...

Great news Laura, congratulations!

Marcus Sakey said...

Congrats, Laura! Very happy for you. Though please, please don't put out all four by Christmas, okay?

Barbara D'Amato said...

Congratulations, Laura! Great news!

Alli said...

Congrats, Laura! I am looking forward to more Izzy and her posse!

I have a 2 and 3 year old and have had to curb the swearing. One of my all time favourites is: "Flipping pancakes". They think it's funny and I get to vent (and know what I really want to say). Feel free to use it if you want. :-)

Jessica said...

Congrats Laura! I'd love to Izzy get back together with Sam.....

Patti McCoy Jacob said...

Hi Laura - I haven't had the pleasure of reading your Izzy books yet, but they are next on my list of trilogies after I finish Dean Koontz's FRANKENSTEIN trilogy. Although drat, I just read your comments, so already know Izzy splits up with a guy named Sam. That's what I get for waiting too long.

Anyway, I tend to swear like a sailor - started when I was sixteen and was forced to drive the southern CA freeways. But I started having kids over nineteen years ago, so have had almost two decades to perfect my "curse subs." (although I gotta tell ya - NOTHING rolls off my tongue better than God damn it. Ironically, I think that's the favorite curse word for ALL Catholics).

Another fave of mine, again ironically, is Jesus Christ. I took out "Christ" and put in "H," but a far cuter sub, and one that is actually quite satisfying, I heard on the movie JUST MARRIED: "Cheese and Rice."

Try saying it - not bad, huh?

Diane said...

I will have to put Izzy on my wishlist!

I have been known to grumble "fudgebuckets" on occasion. Also, replace the "H" in "Jesus H. Christ" with various names and words that start with H (Herbert Hoover, Habeus corpus). Jesus Henry Higgins Christ is also fun on a cracker, on a crutch, on a roller coaster, etc.

Carla Buckley said...

Wonderful, wonderful news, Laura. Congratulations!

As for two of my favorite swear word substitutes:

SPIT (goes without explanation)

HELICOPTER (from the reality TV star, Ruby. When she uses it, it makes you roll on the floor with laughter. To wit: "What the helicopter are you doing in my room?" It's made all the more priceless by her lilting Southern accent.)

Sara Paretsky said...

My granddaughter hates it when I swear, so I have started saying "Very Bad Word, Very Bad Word," and she chimes in with "Asterisk, number sign, exclamation point," by which time--the urge has passed.

Libby Hellmann said...

"Fuddrucker" is my favorite. Of course it bears an uncanny similarity to something else, and is the name of a restaurant chain, but ...

Darwyn Jones said...

Son of a biscuit eater.