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#919 - 09/02/00 01:07 PM Any more Marian Larch stories?
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Hi--I'm in process of doing a Desert Island Keeper review of the Larch/Holland stories for the website All About Romance (www.likesbooks.com). My ulterior motive is I'd like them to reach a wider audience so there will be another one! It won't affect my review to know if the series is definitely closed, but will probably affect the way that I close my review.

I appreciated the villains' names in Clean Sweep.

Mary Novak

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#920 - 09/02/00 03:36 PM Re: Any more Marian Larch stories?
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Hello, Mary. I'm sorry to tell you, but the series is definitely ended. Wish it weren't so, but 'tis.

Armstrong and Winstead? Or Winstrong and Armstead?  

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#921 - 09/02/00 04:51 PM Re: Any more Marian Larch stories?
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by Barbara:
[B]Hello, Mary. I'm sorry to tell you, but the series is definitely ended. Wish it weren't so, but 'tis.

Sorry to hear it--it's the finale for so many old friends. Now I'm curious: FFM ends, after all, with the two of them metaphorically sailing into the sunset together. But a note at the end said you were working on another installment. At the time you were writing it, did you know/suspect that the series was ending?

Mary

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#922 - 09/03/00 07:20 AM Re: Any more Marian Larch stories?
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I had my suspicions, but Scribner's wholesale cutting of the midlist caught me by surprise. It may have caught Scribner by surprise, too; it was Simon & Schuster that ordered the cuts. That "working on the next installment" is just a phrase that the publisher slotted into all its flap copy -- it was part of a template. Not intended to deceive, I'm sure, just something done during the rush of production.

It's a pity, because I had at least two more books in mind before I'd be ready to wind down the series. For one thing, I'd been building up to a showdown between Marian and Captain DiFalco, but now that will never be written.

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#923 - 09/03/00 12:10 PM Re: Any more Marian Larch stories?
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Oh, come on Barbara.....let's have the showdown, even if it's just a short story.
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#924 - 09/03/00 10:00 PM Re: Any more Marian Larch stories?
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That showdown wouldn't fit into a short story. Oh, I had big plans, I did.

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#925 - 09/04/00 04:58 PM Re: Any more Marian Larch stories?
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Apart from the obvious reasons to do with Holand; yes, I'd have liked to see more, if only to see the showdown between Marion and deFalco. That slimeball doesn't deserve to get away with it.

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#926 - 09/07/00 03:50 PM Re: Any more Marian Larch stories?
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Hmmm, Barbara.

Maybe you should consider the e-publishing option. Pull a Stephen King.

How many interested parties, at what cost, would it take to get you to write us that confrontation?

I'd cough up my pennies for it.

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#927 - 09/07/00 08:10 PM Re: Any more Marian Larch stories?
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Great idea, Scrib....She's already got a site and has some stories on it.
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#928 - 09/08/00 11:35 AM Re: Any more Marian Larch stories?
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That might be worth doing if I had Stephen King's following. But what I had in mind was to use two full books to complete the story. In the first Marian would prevent DeFalco from doing something that would leave him and the NYPD open to a lawsuit. Instead of being grateful to Marian for saving his neck (a nice-person response), he would resent her all the more for showing him up. Since they no longer work out of the same precinct, he can't get at her that way. So he starts a campaign to discredit her with the higher-ups in the NYPD, laying behind-the-scenes traps for her. All of this would be only a secondary plot, running behind the main plot of the mystery (to keep the conflict from becoming just another in-house squabble). But the first book would end with Marian's understanding that DeFalco is no longer just a thorn in her side but a declared enemy and she'd better do something about it. The second book would show what she does.

Now, all that's a lot of work. And I'm not willing to invest two years of my life in the hope that e-publishing will suddenly become profitable for those of us who aren't Stephen King. And self-publishing is out of the question. As Tony Fennelly so acutely put it, "Paying to have your work published is like going to the prom with your kid brother."

I'd rather just let the whole thing go.

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