A NOTE FROM KENT

Photo of William Kent KruegerIt’s been one strange year.

Going into 2015, I’d intended this to be a time mostly of reflection and writing.  I wasn’t due to have a new book out, so I figured my event schedule would be fairly empty and things would be quiet.  I planned to complete the revisions for the companion novel to Ordinary Grace, which was due to my publisher last summer, and to make good progress on the next in my Cork O’Connor series.  For quite a while my life had felt relentlessly busy, and I was looking forward to a slower pace and some quality time with my family and friends.

But, oh, the Fates had other ideas. 

First and foremost, although I completed the manuscript for the companion novel to Ordinary Grace, I decided to pull the work from publication.  It simply wasn’t good enough, and I saw no way to make it so.  This is the first time in my journey as a published author that something like this has happened.  But in many ways, it’s opened interesting possibilities, and I’ll try to share those with you this next year as I pursue them.

Secondly, by the time January rolls around, I will have been involved in nearly a hundred book events, this in a year when I had no new novel to push.  But I’ve been blessed with a flurry of invitations to speak, and it’s so hard for me to say no.  I love few things better than talking to an appreciative audience.

And finally, I’ve been nose-to-the-grindstone completing #15 in the Cork O’Connor series, a novel titled Manitou Canyon, with a pub date of September 6, 2016.  (I’ve finished the work, and I think it’s pretty good!)

So, a very different kind of year than I’d imagined.  But a good one in so many respects.  And what’s on the horizon for 2016?  I’ve signed a contract for two more books in my series.  Going forward, there will be a new Cork O’Connor novel published in the fall of 2016, 2017, and 2018.

And here’s something that pleases me enormously.  I’ll begin work on the true companion novel to Ordinary Grace, a story that came to me almost full-blown in the difficult days when I was trying to save the manuscript that I finally decided was unsalvageable.

2016 promises to be another busy year.  I’m looking forward to it.  I hope that your own journey across the next twelve months will be one that takes you to interesting places and fulfilling experiences.  If you’re inclined, feel free to drop me a line, when you have a moment, and keep me posted.

—Kent

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