My new book, 'Larussi's Heartsong' passed the 50,000 word mark this week, which means we are getting somewhere near halfway. I don't want to give too much away, obviously, but the book, which is the Appendix to the 'A Queen's Heart' trilogy, is set five years after those events. It sees Larussi, now eighteen years of age, returning to Morgonnun, the land of her birth - now returned to its original status as a province of Krimmin. Many of the old characters return, for she is not the only one to make the journey.
Although the book is very much in keeping with the world created in the 'Avalind' Books, this is not a war story, and there is no magic whatsoever. You can only have so many invasions, battles and sorcerers before it starts to become a bit repetitive. Don't worry, fantasy fans. There will still be plenty of action to keep you occupied. There are lots of other ways to describe exciting events, and this is what is explored here. Unlike the six previous 'Avalind' books, 'Larussi's Heartsong' is a stand-alone story rather than part of a trilogy. It was originally intended to be quite short - more of a novella than a novel. The way things are going, however, it could yet turn out to be my longest work to date. These things tend to develop a life of their own once I start working on them. With what is already written, and what remains in my head to be written, we are now looking at a full length novel.
Schools have broken up for the summer, so I now have leisure to write, at least in theory. Life has a a way of obstructing progress even when you are not at work, but all is progressing well and I should to be able to publish in the autumn - October in all probability.
Writer of Fantasy, thrillers, comedy - and anything else that takes my fancy.