I’m sorry to have to bring you this news, however, there will be no more Mark Mallen novels. We submitted a three page synopsis to my editor, and even though they tried to make the numbers work, there was just no way to make it happen.
So, goodbye, Mallen. When I learned of his demise, I actually felt like I’d lost a friend. And as I’d spent over seven years with Mallen, I felt this made sense.
What’s next, you’re wondering? Well, writers write and so I began another novel. It was a struggle to make these new characters NOT sound like my old characters. I slugged through the first draft, and then began all the work that I do before starting the second draft:
This is where I was when something happened, a real game-changer. My wife showed me an article in the NY Times about something I found incredibly beautiful and compelling. (And no, I can’t tell you what that is as that would ruin the novel) I knew there was a story in this article. I just knew it. Then I suddenly remembered a character from a screenplay I’d written over fifteen years ago. The story hadn’t work, but the character had.
And there it was. Right there. I melded the NY Times article with the character and BOOM! Instant idea. I worked up a pitch and then emailed my agent and pitched it to her. Her response was: “DROP EVERYTHING ELSE! I LOVE THIS!!! This is your big book, go out and get it.”
So, I put the above project away and began working on the new one. Here is the synopsis I worked up for this new novel:
Yes, that’s an original Robert K. Lewis synopsis.
This new book even has a title already: Coda