I had been working on an outline for the next robot book, which I planned on calling His Robot Wife: A Great Deal of Patience. While I was doing that, I came up with a plot line that I wanted to write about. This probably grew out of my frustrations with writing Kanana the Jungle Girl, which I had been trying to finish, but couldn’t quite, and which also had a similar plot line woven into it.
I could have written this plot in any number of ways– made it an entirely new story or a space opera story. Knowing that people were clamoring for a new robot book, I decided to go that way. Of course the story didn’t fit with Patience and Mike, so I created Charity and Dakota. I decided to throw a bit of the back story that I had been working on for A Great Deal of Patience, along with a cameo by Mike, and there is a quick little book. As I mentioned the other day, it took me only forty-two days to write.
A Great Deal of Patience ended up changing a lot, because much of what I had originally planned was in Charity. That’s really worked out well, because I can move the plot along without having to worry about doling out background tidbits. The story has to be able to stand on its own though and I think it does. Both Dakota and Charity will appear in the new book, especially Charity, as this is a much more robot-centered story and less human-centered. Watch this space for more information on the upcoming books in the series.