When I debated when to start writing my third novel, I considered quotes from two great Americans: Thomas Jefferson and Mark Twain. Jefferson advised his contemporaries to "never put off tomorrow what you can do today." Twain went the other direction. "Never put off until tomorrow," he said, "what you can do the day after tomorrow."
But when I considered that Twain more often than not took Jefferson's advice, I concluded that TJ probably had it right and that there was no time like the present to begin writing The Show, the third title in the Northwest Passage time-travel series.
Those familiar with the series know that The Journey, released November 3, is not the sequel to The Mine. In fact, The Journey has only one tie to first book. Joel Smith, the college-age protagonist of The Mine, makes a brief appearance as a candy-chomping two-year-old in Chapter 53.
The Show, on the other hand, will be joined to The Mine at the hip. The sequel will be told almost entirely, if not entirely, from the perspective of Grace Vandenberg, the heroine of The Mine, and be set mostly in Seattle in the months following World War I. Work on the novel begins this week. I plan to release The Show by April.