A fork in the road

Cover image for THE COLLECTIONYou may have noticed that The Burrow has been unusually quiet. That’s because I’ve been working on a new project that requires a whole new public face — that “fork in the road” in the title.

I’ve decided to try a new genre — historical mystery/intrigue. It’s a booming genre, especially novels set in or near World War Two. A thriving subgenre appears to be (as I’ve dubbed it) Plucky-British-Woman-Survives-WWI-and-Solves-Mysteries. Some of the major names plowing this field include Rhys Bowen, Jacqueline Winspear, Susan Elia MacNeal, and Anna Lee Huber.

I’m aiming to join them.

The thing is, the audience for this subgenre is very different from the people who have been buying my books so far. I need to cater to this new readership, which means I need a new website and (in this case) an Instagram feed to put up content that they’ll like but may bore you. I also need a new mailing list for these readers. That stuff exists now, but not here.

If you happen to have a taste for historical mystery/intrigue set in the 1930s and 1940s, check out the new Kate DeWitt Adventures website at

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lwcharnes.com. You can read the current state of the first seven chapters of Bluejay Rises. If you like what you see, sign up on the mailing list.

I’ll still post any news regarding personal appearances and things having to do with the old series. If Netflix decides to option Matt’s or Carson’s books, believe me you’ll hear about it.

So what happens to the DeWitt Agency Files and DeWitt Agency Adventures series? That’s what I’m trying to figure out. I’d like to continue them in the future if I can decide on a sensible way to do it. Depending on how this new project works out, I may try alternating between the new series and the old ones. We’ll see.

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