First blog entry for a while. I have been busy, combining my need to create works of literature with my other need - the one I share with everyone else: the need to pay bills and put food on the table. Progress continues to be made, however, and I look forward to the day when I can give up supply teaching altogether because I no longer need the money it brings in. Every word I write is a tiny step towards that goal.
My new book, 'The Shattered Realms' is now about two-thirds done. It is Part Two of my 'Queen's Heart' trilogy, which is, itself, a sequel to the 'King's Head' trilogy. I am now reaching the climax, which is a biggie and will probably account for a hundred pages or more by the time it is finished. I have targeted Christmas as the time to get the first draft finished. After that comes the editing, proofreading and preparation for launch in both ebook and paperback editions. All being well, it should be on sale some time in January, or February at the latest. No cover picture as yet. I have one in mind, but Paul (my tame cover designer - and son) is still away at University and won't be back for a couple of weeks yet. Hopefully I will be able to upload a cover picture before Christmas.
After that comes Part Three, the title of which has been decided upon, but is still secret. I am aiming to get that out before the end of 2013, so that both trilogies will then be complete. After that, I intend to give Fantasy a rest for a while and concentrate on my other main genre, crime thrillers. A third 'Rutter' book is at the planning stage and will appear in due course.
I also have a third genre to my name: comedy. My funny book, 'The Planning Officers' is picking up sales and is now selling as well as my other works. This came as a pleasant surprise because I originally thought that it would be something of a minority interest. It seems, however, to be finding its own niche, and that is very gratifying.
Writer of Fantasy, thrillers, comedy - and anything else that takes my fancy.