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Reader Mail

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September 22nd, 2020 Posted 9:09 am

Here’s a very recent email:

“Love this series. Just starting Heart of Barkness. As a dog lover/guardian I wanted to express my hope that the series won’t end with Chet’s death. Please let them retire somewhere after a successful investment payout. I would be heartbroken if Chet dies and could never reread the series. Anyone who has ever loved and lost a dog would surely agree. Here’s hoping!”

We get similar messages quite often. How can a writer answer without giving too much away and thus undermining his own suspense? I’ll take a swing at it:

  1. I don’t mind eliciting tears from the reader, but I won’t do it in cheap and easy ways.
  2. Chet is the narrator and sole voice of an ongoing series I love writing.
  3. I myself have no intention of retiring.
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The Future (Repeated)

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February 18th, 2016 Posted 8:02 am

Because this comes up a lot, here’s the post from Oct. 12. Somewhat dated now – SANTA 365 has been published in the interim, and the title of the new book will not be Midnight Special. The main character is named LeAnne. The dog just got a name a few days ago (top secret at the moment!).

“Spence here. The question has come up – like maybe a million times! – after the ending of SCENTS AND SENSIBILITY: Will there be more Chet and Bernie? The second-last sentence of the book makes it clear – at least so I thought – that the answer would be yes. But just in case: YES! MORE CHET AND BERNIE!

As for when, there are 2 answers. The next actual story is the e-short, SANTA 365, coming Nov. 24. (Please note that the events in SANTA 365 take place earlier than SCENTS AND SENSIBILITY, probably just before THE DOG WHO KNEW TOO MUCH.) As for the next Chet and Bernie novel: normally I’d be writing it right now, but – as happens in what my grandmother always called “the writing game” – an idea came to me out of the blue that just could not be ignored. I’m in the middle of it at the moment, and it will be my next published novel. The working title, and most likely actual title: MIDNIGHT SPECIAL. What can I tell you? There’s a dog in it, in a supporting role (in both senses). It’s part crime story, part war story, part something else, the something else part being what drew me in so strongly. As soon as we have a pub date, we’ll let you know.

And after that: More C&B. Any questions?”

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Repeat of Oct. 12 Post

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January 29th, 2016 Posted 7:39 am

Because this keeps coming up. One note: the new book will not be called Midnight Special. Title to come!

Spence here. The question has come up – like maybe a million times! – after the ending of SCENTS AND SENSIBILITY: Will there be more Chet and Bernie? The second-last sentence of the book makes it clear – at least so I thought – that the answer would be yes. But just in case: YES! MORE CHET AND BERNIE!

As for when, there are 2 answers. The next actual story is the e-short, SANTA 365, coming Nov. 24. (Please note that the events in SANTA 365 take place earlier than SCENTS AND SENSIBILITY, probably just before THE DOG WHO KNEW TOO MUCH.) As for the next Chet and Bernie novel: normally I’d be writing it right now, but – as happens in what my grandmother always called “the writing game” – an idea came to me out of the blue that just could not be ignored. I’m in the middle of it at the moment, and it will be my next published novel. The working title, and most likely actual title: MIDNIGHT SPECIAL. What can I tell you? There’s a dog in it, in a supporting role (in both senses). It’s part crime story, part war story, part something else, the something else part being what drew me in so strongly. As soon as we have a pub date, we’ll let you know.

And after that: More C&B. Any questions?

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