New covers. Again. I can never make my mind up which set of covers I like best. Sometimes new ones are so fresh that I have to love them. And then I think back to those that were ‘my’ covers and I think I might love them more. And for people like Caroline Lawrence who gets new covers ‘all the time’ there are others in-between to enjoy as well.
So, here are the third lot of book covers for her Roman Mysteries short stories. I read both of them back when, but had some trouble finding my reviews. (Could it be my system isn’t good enough?) Here’s what I said about the Legionary. Trimalchio will no doubt turn up of his own accord.
With Threptus having come to an end, and these stories popping up again, and my concern over saying goodbye to Pinky, I found myself overflowing with questions. So I asked, and the lovely Caroline answered.
With the newly re-jacketed The Legionary from Londinium and Trimalchio’s Feast, I suddenly found myself back in Ostia again, with Flavia and co, and that made me all desperate to hear more of their adventures and happinesses ever after. Which, I’m sure was the cunning thought behind sending them out into the world one more time. Will we ever return to Flavia and Ostia and all that?
I would love to return to Flavia et al… but wanted to do a YA spin-off trilogy first. See below.
I know we’ve sort of remained there, in the company of Threptus, while he continues to solve mysteries as Lupus would have done. Am I right in understanding that the fourth recent book about Threptus was the last one?
Threptus was fun for a while but my heart lies with Flavia and her friends and that slightly older age group (both characters and readers).
Does the fact that Threptus might ‘take a break’ mean we can revisit Flavia and the others? Please?
Hoping so… See below.
We wouldn’t object to that trip to London we were half promised several years ago. Could we?
The first in a spin-off trilogy takes one of the kidnapped twins to Londinium. But I have to rework it, as it was deemed too edgy for my readership. (So maybe I should stick to the 9-12 age group which is my own inner child’s age!)
And what about the twins? You had ideas for a separate series of books about them I think?
Yes, that was the idea for the YA spin-off trilogy. A story reuniting Soso and Popo 14 years after Popo was kidnapped and in the final year of the evil Domitian.
If I don’t come across as too greedy, I would also like to know what the future holds for Detective Pinkerton.
I’ve enjoyed writing the Pinkerton books but they haven’t really taken off and it’s incredibly hard to write in a vacuum of reader response!
I understand that not all power lies with you as the author, and that publishers also have to have some say in what gets written and published. But if you could forget about them for a moment; what would you write next?
I have also been thinking about writing something set in present day London, but with flashbacks to San Francisco in the mid 1960s, the days of Flower Power. And Barrington Stoke have commissioned me to write a retelling of a story from Virgil’s Aeneid.
Finally, is there anything else you can tell us, that I haven’t thought to ask you about?
Still waiting for the next lightbulb moment! Or film deal. 😀
Well. I can’t think of a better Flower Power girl than Caroline. I’ll just sit down and wait. It’ll be worth it.