I wrote a post last year talking about Alex Verus short stories in which I sketched out ideas for a few different pieces of short fiction set in the Alex Verus universe but with different viewpoint characters. I’ve still been getting the odd question on the subject, so here’s some information about where things are with that.
I do have one particular short story in the Alex Verus setting that I’ve been wanting to write for a while. I’d actually been hoping to do it this spring – unfortunately having to do this rewrite has really derailed my schedule and cost me pretty much all the free work time that I’d thought I was going to have. I’ve had to prioritise, and when it comes to my priority list, writing a new short story is definitely below finishing the current book.
To be honest, time shortage is becoming a problem for me in general, and it’s making the prospects of further short stories look not all that great. Like I said back in the post where I first announced all this, my main job is and will continue to be writing novels. Short stories are a fun experimental side project that I try to squeeze in when I have the time, and unfortunately, right now time’s in short supply. I’ve had several family- and personal-related commitments this year that have really piled up, and while I’ve managed to do all those and also keep up progress on my new book, it hasn’t left me with much time to do anything else. Possibly that might change in the future, but right now I’m just overloaded. (I still have emails that need answering from January or something . . . come to think of it, I should do those too once I’m done writing this post.)
However, while I’m not sure I’ll be able to find the time for any further short stories, I do really want to write this one particular short story. I’m not going to go into details about who it features, but it functions as a sort of extra epilogue to the Alex Verus series as a whole. As with Favours, it’ll be a bit of an experiment, but it’s an experiment that I really would like to do. So while I can’t make any promises about a wider set of short stories going forward, I’m pretty sure I’m going to do this one. I just can’t promise when!