Source: News & Nonsense: June 2020
From Laurie R. King whose next book is about to appear:
Dear friends, the world is exploding—and here comes Laurie with cheery news about her novel? That is so wrong, I can’t even begin to unpick it. And if you can’t bear one more word about the world’s explosion, I certainly understand, so feel free to skip down to the News itself.
The hard truth is, publishing is a huge machine, with more moving parts than a locomotive. This cheerful newsletter exists in a reality bubble where riots and burning and hatred and anguish don’t exist. It lives in the distant age of two weeks past, when we could pretend that our biggest problem as a nation was the spread of a virus among a crowd of beachgoers. Everything about this newsletter is wrong, from the date (since June 2 was Blackout Tuesday, which I and my publisher supported) to the tone (exclamation points and enthusiasm feel so incredibly clueless, at a moment when we need to be turning inward) to the book itself—from cover to plot, Riviera Gold is unabashedly escapist. Is this even allowed right now?
But it’s my locomotive, and jumping off will hurt people. I love this book, and yes, I love providing a little escape from the storms. I am not unaware, I am not ignoring, I am stepping back and thinking of what I should do as a responsible citizen of the world. But I am also the author of a book about to publish, and I don’t think it helps anyone to pretend otherwise. So here’s the newsletter, floating to you in a time bubble. I hope you are well, I hope you are strong, I hope we all get through this and make something better out of it.
And as a long time fan of Ms. King’s delightful (and thoughtful) novels, it’s great to see her thoughts on what matters — in addition to her books, of course. Of course, I already have the book on pre-order!