First off, I love short fiction, especially when it comes to horror. Most of my favorite horror stories are short works, whether they be from H.P. Lovecraft, Clive Barker or Stephen King (whose short fiction I enjoy more than any of his longer works). I plan on writing a lot of short fiction in the future, and I'll be using short stories to fill the gaps between novels, while also tying some stories into those novels as well.
Which brings me to the second reason I'm excited about Private Showing. The main character Nita Young is someone who appeared in my first novel, Courting the King in Yellow. She was more of a supporting character in that story, but she takes center stage in Private Showing, which is sort of her origin story. The events of Private Showing are set a couple years before Courting the King in Yellow, and they will definitely give the reader a new appreciation for Nita if they know her from that story. For those who've never met Nita, I hope this new story will prompt readers who enjoy it to give my book a chance.
One more tidbit--I chose to build another story around Nita is that she's also appearing in my next novel. Her character has a unique role in the shared world of my stories, and the more I write Nita, the more fun I have with her as a character.
So, I'll be posting more about Private Showing in a couple of days when I have the final cover art from my good friend Jeff Rodgers, who also helped me with the cover for Courting the King in Yellow (we won a design award for that one). The pic in this post is merely a teaser of what Jeff has been working on, but I love it so much already I just had to post it.