There may be spoilers. Probably not so much, but maybe.
The New Born Year was my reward for surviving my first year of publishing. I looked forward to writing this for about four months while I wrote the entire Home Series and Red and Bad (Serial One). It’s still one of my favorite things I’ve written in the last few years.
The inspiration for this book was Winterfair Gifts by Lois McMaster Bujold. Winterfair Gifts comes after a long line of books in the Vorkosigan Saga and jumps POV to a relatively minor character. (Roic, who is a much larger character now, but at the time he was a new armsman who’d had a few mentions and a small role before that. What? You don’t read Bujold? You haven’t read the Vorkosigan books? Listen, I can’t say if you like my books, you’ll like these books because these are not porny, and there’s very little queer, kind of, except that queerness is a thing that’s mentioned enough so it’s visible, which is sometimes almost better than a book that’s obsessed with queerness. I digress. But seriously, these books are amazing.)
I wanted to write something new, something fresh. By the end of 2014 I’d written nine Scientific Method Universe books and four Home Series books. I’d written the aftermath of trauma, coming-of-age, romance, and lots and lots of different flavored kinks. I wanted something different.
Enter: Ally. Aw. She’s so fuckin’ cute.
I initially rebelled upon opening Winterfair Gifts. I didn’t want a new POV! I wanted the usual points of view! But by the end I appreciated the fuck out of it, because the new perspective on the usual characters opened up the world a little bit. Since the Scientific Method Universe can get really interwoven and, shall we say, exhausting, I thought I’d try to play with that from Ally’s POV.
So, SMU is my processing series. Like, Hugh Reynolds and Bad Campion get along, but Hugh will stop a scene to check in every single time and Bad will stop a scene to check in once in a very great while, maybe, only if he’s really worried about it. Which is why it was so much fun to throw a mostly clueless person into the beach house with Hugh (Mr Processing), Lucy (throw it all out there!), and Nick (the resentful lifestyle slave is SO tacky) and let her work it all out.