Actually, not so new. I started writing Jokers in my travelling heyday from my trailer in Key Largo. Realizing I didn’t have enough writing skills yet to properly tell the story, I stopped writing on page 181. I never abandoned the story, though. It lay in the back of my mind for over twenty years before I tried my hand at it again.
It’s now my current project. I’m roughly three quarters the way through the first draft, and enjoying it immensely. The characters and story line have had plenty of time to ferment. And in tribute for making the novel sit for so long, it takes place in the original year it was supposed to: 1994.
It’s the first installment in what, I believe, will be a trilogy.