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With the fabulous NYLA team – Sarah Younger, Nancy Yost, me, Mélanie, Amy Rosenbaum, and Natanya Wheeler.

Three weeks until the release of Gilded Deceit! Mélanie and I just got back from a very fun trip to New York. I went to meet with the team at NYLA. We had a great visit (pictured above) and did some very productive strategizing about Gilded Deceit and future books and novellas in the series. Emails and phone calls are great, but it’s always wonderful to sit down with everyone in the same room and share ideas. Mélanie also told them about the stories she’s making up!

Here, in photos, are some highlights from the rest of our trip – lots of research inspiration and good times with friends!

New York Shopping at Columbus Circle

Mélanie really wanted to have dinner at Center Bar – she was fascinated by the piano and loved listening. She asked me how the pianist knew which notes to play.

 

We both love Belvedere Castle in Central Park.

 

The Metropolitan Museum is fabulous for research. This 1823 façade is in the American Wing, but I imagined we were walking into Malcolm and Suzanne’s house in Berkeley Square.

 

 

Lovely dinner with friends at Cesca, a favorite restaurant of ours.

 

“Home sweet hotel,” as Mélanie says, at the Milburn.

 

Brunch in Wonderland at Alice’s Teacup.

 

Dinner with some new friends we acquired on the trip.

 

I asked Mélanie what she wanted to do our last day in NY and she said “go back to the castle.”

 

Lunch at Isabella’s, one of our favorite NY restaurants, before we flew home.

 

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Happy Sunday! London Gambit will be out in less than five weeks. Mélanie and I are in New York for a few days. Friday I had a great meeting with the fabulous team at Nancy Yost Literary Agency. There were are above with Natanya Wheeler, director of digital rights, who also creates my amazing covers; Sarah Younger (seated), who manages the print books and is superb at social media; my amazing agent Nancy Yost (standing center), who has been such a champion of the Rannoch/Fraser series from the beginning; and Amy Rosenbaum, the wonderful new rights manager. I talk to these people all the time by email, but it’s so energizing to sit down in the same room and strategize for the series.

I’ll post a full photo diary when we get home, but meanwhile here are a few more pics. Mélanie and me in our hotel room after a lovely dinner with friends

 

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At Belvedere Castle in Central Park

 

 

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And at the Metropolitan Museum in a period dining room that will almost certainly find it’s way into Malcolm and Suzanne’s world

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If Suzanne and Malcolm and their friends lived in present-day New York, what do you think their lives might be like? Who would live where? Work where? What would be their favorite spots?

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Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! I’m savoring the fact that London Interlude is out. Mélanie and I had a pretty quiet weekend (though we did have a lovely afternoon yesterday seeing the wonderful new Cinderella movie which we both loved). We spent a long weekend in New York City last weekend and had a wonderful time. Here, in pictures, is a diary of our trip.

Dinner at the Grand Tavern in Oakland before we caught the red eye

Dinner at the Grand Tavern in Oakland before we caught the red eye

Mélanie excited to board the "Big Jet."

Mélanie excited to board the “Big Jet.”

With the wonderful team at Nancy Yost Literary Agency, Nancy, Adrienne Rosado, and Sarah Younger

With the wonderful team at Nancy Yost Literary Agency, Nancy, Adrienne Rosado, and Sarah Younger

Mel catching up on sleep after flying in on the red eye while I met with the crew at NYLA about Malcolm & Suzanne current and future adventures.

Mel catching up on sleep after flying in on the red eye while I met with the crew at NYLA about Malcolm & Suzanne current and future adventures.

One of the highlights of the trip was spending time with the wonderful Lauren Willig and family.

One of the highlights of the trip was spending time with the wonderful Lauren Willig and family.

 

Mélanie dozed through the start of dinner at Cesca

Mélanie dozed through the start of dinner at Cesca

But woke up for dessert

But woke up for dessert

 

We had a great time at our hotel, The Milburn

We had a great time at our hotel, The Milburn

Mélanie loved Belvedere Castle in Central Park, particularly climbing the stairs, which reminded me of my fascination with the stairs in the White Tower in the Tower of London as a child

Mélanie loved Belvedere Castle in Central Park, particularly climbing the stairs, which reminded me of my fascination with the stairs in the White Tower in the Tower of London as a child

Lunch in the American Wing Café at the Metropolitan Museum. This trip was the first time Mel has seen snow!

Lunch in the American Wing Café at the Metropolitan Museum. This trip was the first time Mel has seen snow!

The American Wing at the Met has amazing early 19th century period rooms. This façade is from 1823. I told Mel the rooms were like in Mummy's books. She said they were like Sofia's palace or Anna and Elsa's. We were both happy.

The American Wing at the Met has amazing early 19th century period rooms. This façade is from 1823. I told Mel the rooms were like in Mummy’s books. She said they were like Sofia’s palace or Anna and Elsa’s. We were both happy.

We had time for another visit to the park before lunch on our last day in the city and Mélanie asked to go back to the castle "pretty please."

We had time for another visit to the park before lunch on our last day in the city and Mélanie asked to go back to the castle “pretty please.”

Lunch at Isabella's, one of our favorite NY restaurants. Ending the trip as we began it, with dessert with a candle for Princess M.

Lunch at Isabella’s, one of our favorite NY restaurants. Ending the trip as we began it, with dessert with a candle for Princess M.

 

Mélanie and I just got back from a lovely few days in New York, including fun visits with my editor and agent. There we are above at the Nancy Yost Literary offices. I’m revising The Paris Affair, I just got copy edits for His Spanish Bride, the novella about Malcolm and Suzanne’s wedding, and I’m starting to plot the next Malcolm and Suzanne book, which is one of my favorite parts of the writing process.

I love talking about writing, so I thought it would be fun to start working some writing craft posts into the blog. I’ve always been the sort of writer who plots in advance. I used to write down plot elements and scene ideas on index cards and then lay them out on my dining room table, shuffle around the order, look for gaps in the plot. It’s a great way to build the story arc, though my cats have a tendency to walk over the cards and wreak havoc on my plot order.

Then, in the midst of writing Imperial Scandal, I discovered the writing software program Scrivener. I love Scrivener for numerous reasons, but one is that it has a corkboard built in. You can lay out scenes on index cards, switch to a writing review to draft a scene, then switch back to the corkboard. Because of this, with The Paris Affair, which is the first book I wrote completely in Scrivener, I found I could write as I was plotting. If knew a scene had to occur later in the narrative, I could jump ahead and write it while I was still working out plot details earlier in the story. I spend a lot of time mulling when I’m working out a plot, and this way I was able to write while I was mulling.

Any questions about plotting? What other parts of the writing process would you like to see posts about? Writers, what’s your plotting process? What tools have you found that help with it?

I’ve just posted a new Fraser Correspondence letter from Mel/Suzette to Simon.