If you've been waiting for me to reply to an email, many apologies. I got knocked flat by a chest infection, and I've been in and out of hospital, not to mention causing a public health scare because of the particular strain in my lungs. However, thanks to antibiotics, socialized healthcare and Yvonne, I'm recovering fast. I've gone from being unable to stand on Tuesday to feeling quite perky today. When those first patients receiving penicillin at the Radcliffe Infirmary thought it was miraculous, they were right.

All will be back to normal in a few days.


Blogger Carmen said...

Ich hoffe, Ihnen geht es wieder besser und warte immer noch so sehr auf einen Teil 3 der Tristopolis-Serie.

Carmen Clemenz

January 14, 2011 at 8:49 PM  
Blogger John Meaney said...

Danke schön, Carmen! Jetzt geht es mir sehr gut.

Ich möchte einen dritten Titel schreiben, aber das interessiert nicht meine Verleger in England und den Vereinigten Staaten. Ich glaube das es nicht unmöglich aber sehr unwahrscheinlich ist. Est tut mir Leid!

January 17, 2011 at 10:04 PM  
Blogger Rob G. said...

Perhaps you could work on it as a side project and present it to them? We Tristopolis fans are a rabid, loyal bunch and you left ol' Donal six feet under and reanimated! :)

By the way, the Vixen, was she inspired by the DeLorean or some other gull-winged vehicle?

March 15, 2011 at 3:30 AM  
Blogger John Meaney said...

Well, Rob, I could...

It's economics, unfortunately. I'm writing faster than a book a year only because I'm doing it full-time, which means I depend on the income from the books. I can't afford 6 to 9 months working on a book for free; I need a publishing deal in advance with an upfront payment to cover my groceries!

The one side project I worked on over a long time (while still working in IT as well as writing) was New Jerusalem, which gathered praise from everyone who read it, but is politically the wrong kind of thing for a (UK, at least) publisher to deal with... Financially a debacle, though it's had secondary benefits for my writing.

I hugely appreciate the rabidness of those who want to find out what happened to Donal, though! Thank you very much!

That does make it a different situation from New Jerusalem, what with people of excellent taste who want to read more about Tristopolis... so I won't rule it out entirely...

And the Vixen is a very distorted DeLorean. You know the way Japanese cars are deliberately designed to resemble smiley faces as seen from the front... the Vixen is like that, but not smiling much, with a suggestion of 1950s-type chroming and fins, in my mind.

(Nice little bilingual conversation happening here, btw!)

March 15, 2011 at 5:27 PM  

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