|Posted on Sunday, January 08, 2006 - 12:42 am: |
Just wondering if there is a part three of the series in the works? Love your references to the city. Maybe you can throw some of the Ms. gulf coast in the next one.
|Posted on Monday, January 09, 2006 - 07:47 am: |
Hi, Philip! Thanks for getting in touch. I've had several more books in the Jules Duchon series planned for some time now, with the next book, Ghost of the Fat White Vampire, fully outlined and ready for me to start. The holdup hasn't been on my end; I've been waiting for the powers that be at Del Rey-Ballantine to decide whether they want to purchase more books in the series. I've been told that if pre-orders for the mass-market paperback reprint of Fat White Vampire Blues are strong (the mm reprint is due out at the end of March), my editors at Del Rey will consider commissioning another Jules Duchon from me. In one of those Twilight Zone bits of happenstance, I'd planned that book #5 in the series would feature Jules living in a New Orleans permanently flooded and cut off from the rest of the U.S. by the effects of a massive hurricane, which demolished the levees and turned the lower course of the Mississippi away from New Orleans, into the Atchafalaya Basin. I'd like to have the opportunity, especially now, to write that book. In the meantime, I'm working up another couple of projects, one fiction and one non-fiction, that will deal with Katrina and her ongoing aftermath. Keep checking back on these message boards for news about these projects.
Speaking of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, my heart really breaks when I think about all that has been lost there. My family and I loved making weekend getaways to Waveland, Bay St. Louis, Gulfport, Biloxi, and Ocean Springs, and all of those places are essentially gone now, at least for the time being. We had some very good friends out there, especially in the Bay St. Louis area, and the SF fan group out on the Gulf Coast have always been marvelous to us. We'll really miss the Dock of the Bay restaurant, the coffeehouses, Serendipity Gallery, and Bookends Bookstore in Bay St. Louis, the waterside seafood houses up on stilts at the edge of Gulfport, Treasure Bay Casino Resort in Biloxi (where the next Coast Con was scheduled to have been held). . . the list just goes on and on. But I actually have more confidence in Mississippi's rebuilding plans and efforts than I do those in Southeast Louisiana. Give it a couple of years and we'll be able to take the boys out for a fun family weekend on the Gulf Coast again, I'm sure.
|Posted on Monday, January 09, 2006 - 09:10 pm: |
I wish there was a way I could get the word out. The only thing that was disappointing about the book was I got it to read over a couple of weeks but ended up reading it in one day " hard to do working at charity hospital". So I blame you for the two weeks of free time that I had afterwards.I look forward to number three. Also Ms. will will be up and running long before new orleans. I wish they could contract out the politicians like they are for the school board consultants.
|Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2006 - 02:16 pm: |
I'm looking forward to reading your next book. I understand you said book # 5 would be Jules living in the flooded out New Orleans. What about books # 3 and 4? Is the fat white vampire blues book # 1, and the bride book # 2?
|Posted on Friday, January 13, 2006 - 07:17 am: |
The original plan was for book #3 in the series to deal with Jules's and Maureen's disastrous honeymoon (which, quirkily enough, takes place back in 1917 New Orleans as they attempt to relive their first-ever meeting), and book #4 would be about Jules's and Doodlebug's WW2 experiences as masked vigilantes protecting armaments factories in New Orleans and how their WW2 German nemesis returns to haunt them in present-day New Orleans. This plan was predicated, of course, on continuing good sales for the first two books and Del Rey's interest in having books in the series come out regularly. It may still happen. We will see. But nothing is written in stone when it comes to the publishing industry. Today's hot product is tomorrow's dead dog. We will see, we will see. I'd like to be able to write those books, though.
|Posted on Friday, January 13, 2006 - 07:59 am: |
If Del Rey isn't interested, I'm personally willing to cough up as much as $50 to hire you to write book #3.
Heck, I'd even be willing to send you a ream or two of paper so you could print it out for me.
|Posted on Friday, January 13, 2006 - 08:07 am: |
I'd also send you a ream or two of paper for you to print it out for me.
|Posted on Friday, January 13, 2006 - 01:19 pm: |
Hrmmm. . . if another few hundred pop up and make the same offer, I might have an economically viable model going here. Charge two reams per copy of the next Jules book, make the font small enough that I can print it out using just one ream, and sell the leftover reams from a stall in the French Market (after deducting the costs of postage, of course; and the costs of renting a table at the French Market; and my own wage value. . . aww, heck, maybe it wasn't such a good idea after all. . .)
Of course, I could avoid all those extra costs connected with selling the reams of paper if I just ate them instead. I could always use additional fiber in my diet.
Well, anyway, thanks for the votes of support, Lori and Darci! I'll certainly announce it here first if I get any good news on the Jules Duchon front within the next few months.
|Posted on Friday, January 13, 2006 - 06:17 pm: |
I wanted to read them anyway, but DOUBLY so after reading what they'll be about.
|Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2006 - 08:54 am: |
Ditto for me!
Question: Do the books have to go to Del Rey? After reading about their problems in the latest Locus, they might not get their act together for awhile and I want new Jules now! He whined.
How about the Small Press?
|Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2006 - 07:54 pm: |
So, when are the movies coming out?
|Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2006 - 09:54 pm: |
I want to be an extra....
|Posted on Sunday, January 15, 2006 - 07:46 am: |
Hey, guys, this chorus of support really cheers me to no end! Really; I mean it. About Del Rey, I haven't yet seen the latest issue of Locus (cause mail delivery is still kinda screwed up here in the Big Un-Easy), so I haven't seen all the details, but I've picked up some stuff through emails to contacts there, so I know that they experienced another "Christmas Eve Massacre" similar to what they went through a year or two back. That's big corporate publishing for you. Regarding taking the Jules series to another publisher, that would probably take some doing. No publisher will be too interested in bringing out new Jules books unless they have the rights to reprint the earlier books, too; that's where a lot of the profit comes in, because most of the sunken costs on those earlier books are already paid for. So, unless my agent can swing a deal whereby a new publisher would buy out the rights to the earlier books, I greatly doubt that anybody would bite on Books #3, 4, 5, etc. And, right now, anyway, I'd like to give Del Rey a chance to show that they're still interested in the character and the series, since they launched him.
Regarding a celluloid version of the big J.D., every few months I hear word that some entertainment lawyer or small-time producer is making inquiries, but nothing solid has popped up yet. I learned a few years back, when folks first started nibbling around, not to get too excited, at least not until somebody lets those ever-so-welcome words "option payments" pass their lips. You'd be amazed at how many people have had the chutzpah to suggest that I give them the option rights for nothing.
|Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2006 - 07:07 pm: |
Heya, me again.
I was wondering if Doodle was going to have more "parts" in the hopefully upcoming books.
Oh, BTW, check out my Doodle Bug costume at my myspace.
(view more pics)
Yeah, just in case some one does pick up the option rights..... you've got an actor working to work soley for credit.....
*shameless self promotion*
|Posted on Monday, January 30, 2006 - 07:37 am: |
Hey, LD, thanks for sharing those photos! The hairstyle and overall look are very "Mary Tyler Moore" (and I mean that as a compliment). I'm honored that you took the time to create something like that based on one of my characters. Doodlebug has ended up having probably the biggest following of any of the characters from the Fat White Vampire books. I was planning to give him pretty big parts in books #3 and #4, especially #4, which would focus on his "origin" and WW2 experiences. As I wrote above, we will see, we will see. . .
|Posted on Monday, January 30, 2006 - 03:51 pm: |
Your comments make me weep with joy!!!!
Though the costume came out a little off because I couldn't find white calfskin golves cheap enough and my hair is shorter and darker than I'd like it to be. Oh, and, though I may be wrong, I always imagined that Doodle would have a turtle-necked leotard......
|Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2006 - 07:41 am: |
LD, your insights into Doodlebug's taste in clothing are intruiging. Should I end up writing those additional books in the series, I think I'll have to check back with you regarding your suggestions for D.B.'s wardrobe. I'm still in regular contact with the very good friend who served as the primary inspiration for D.B., so I can continue taking suggestions from him, but the more, the merrier!
|Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2006 - 12:39 pm: |
Wow... the man who inspired DB, I'd love to meet this fellow!!!
He must be an awesome person, he'd have to be.
Capes are over-rated, BTW, but they hide your rear end from the harsh critics of the world.
|Posted on Saturday, February 04, 2006 - 07:19 am: |
Andrew, will you be at ConDFW? Would love to see you after all we've been through. Jo -- EDGE Books
|Posted on Sunday, February 05, 2006 - 06:38 am: |
So sorry. . . I didn't make any plans to be at ConDFW this year. Maybe next year??? However, if you're planning to attend either ArmadilloCon or World Fantasy in Austin this year, you should see me there. I'll have the family with me at World Fantasy, which (I think) falls during both my and Levi's birthdays (#42 and #3, respectively). Please let me know how ConDFW is this year. I went a few years ago, when both Barry Malzberg and Bob Sheckley were special guests, and I had one of my best times ever at a con. Meeting those two guys, and getting to share a panel with them, was one of the peak experiences of my brief career as a writing pro thus far.
How did you guys make out with your home on the North Shore? I hope your damage was minimal. What has been the most outstanding con you've attended since Katrina?
|Posted on Sunday, February 05, 2006 - 04:46 pm: |
After we left you in Albuquerque we went directly on to Westercon in Seattle, we missed Katrina by two weeks, they kept saying don’t come back anyhow.
My house got 2 feet of floodwater (and it's up on pilings on the north side of Slidell) never flooded in the 55 years it’s been standing.
Zane got wind in Wilmer, a few downed trees which all missed his house, lost electricity, no damage to our stock or van. His day-job office near the river was nogo so they moved the entire bunch to Ft Worth for about 3 months, he’s home again. (smile)
We’ve done FenCon (Dallas just in time for the Rita exodus), Constellation and World Fantasy in Madison, WI
FenCon and Constellation (in Huntsville) are both HEAVILY literary cons, we really like them (they like YOU too). Westercon is….WESTERCON! And World Fantasy is…WORLD FANTASY! Dunno what else to say about them.
We will see you twice in Austin. (BIG smile)
|Posted on Sunday, February 05, 2006 - 07:11 pm: |
Thanks so much for the report. I'm so sorry to hear about the flooding in your home. So many of our dear friends suffered grevious damage in the storms; several of them lost everything they owned and won't be returning to New Orleans. It's been a hell of a season. But I'm very, very glad to hear that I'll be seeing you all at least twice during 2006. I'll have to check out Constellation and FenCon, too; if not this year, then next. Best of luck putting your household back together again. I'm glad you guys didn't lose your stock. You probably remember Jack Stocker, who sells used books at all the Gulf South conventions. His home in Gentilly was badly flooded and he lost every single one of his books.