More than a month after my last post, I have an announcement.
Sorry about the delay, but I have spent the past month doing exam marking (my annual penance to atone for my sins). That, however, is now over. The Secret Angels is published and has clocked up its first sales, which leaves me free to think about another book.
Therein lay a problem. What to write next? I thought tentatively of an eighth Avalind book, entitled The Baroness, and I even got as far as jotting down a few paragraphs. That was as far as it went, though. I will probably return to it later when it has matured in my mind, but that is for then.
I could have gone for a complete change of direction - and even have a request to write a specific story that is an entirely new departure. I am still considering that. Other things must be taken into account before I commit to it, however.
So what to do now? Then it came to be. The Secret Angels is the fifth Rutter book (sixth if you include the short story, Rutter's Rescue). Between the first and second there is a gap of nearly ten years. As has already been revealed in the previous books, Rutter moved first to Derby and then to Sheffield during that period. While in Derby, she met and fell in love with Malcolm Renwick, later to be her boss at Bow Road. Sheffield was the scene of her initial involvement with Julian Radcliffe. During the same period, she rose from Detective Constable to Chief Inspector. There are two stories waiting to be told there. Instead of slotting them directly into the canon, where they would affect the numbering, I have decided to call them supplementals. I began the first of these this morning. At the moment, it is to be called Sergeant Rutter. A check on Google did not reveal anybody else publishing a novel under that title, so it will do, at least for now. It will chronicle her time in Derby.
Don't hold your breath. At the moment, it consists of one and a half pages of disconnected musings, all of which will almost certainly be rewritten as the story takes shape. In the meantime, enjoy The Secret Angels. Hopefully, Sergeant Rutter (or whatever it is called by then) will be finished in time for Christmas.
Writer of Fantasy, thrillers, comedy - and anything else that takes my fancy.