The book’s published, promotion work is ongoing, I’ve done an interview with a friendly freelance journalist, hoping to find a magazine or newspaper willing to print it, and I’m left thinking about my next project.
I could give the garden an autumn make-over, sign up to an online cooking course, make an extra loaf of bread every day, start a new fitness regime, read more, watch old movies I’ve seen several times, and go for long walks.
But my yearning to write is strong. I want to create a story again, invent new characters, contrive events, think up dramas, build in suspense, and figure out all the other facets that makes a book compelling. I’ll tend to the garden, make bread, keep fit, investigate new recipes, watch movies, and read, but no more or less than I do now, whereas writing will become my main event. It’s what I enjoy the most.
First; I’ll be publishing a trio of short stories in October or November. Then I’ll start on a new novel, and whilst writing it, I’ll post my progress and a few snippets on my website, plus more short stories.
Two of the trio of short stories to be published can be read on this site.
My latest book, Otto and Frankie, is available in paperback and e-book. It’s different from anything else I’ve written and took almost three years in the making.
It’s about a dying man’s fight against injustice, his wife’s unusual affair, and the love from his long-lost daughter. I’m told it’s a compelling read.