It’s been a hectic summer and I’ve been away from this blog for too long. Over the past few weeks, I’ve managed to get my first novel, My Strange Acquaintance with Death, stocked in the main branch of the London Public Library. I’ve always been a huge fan of the public library system so this is a big deal for me.
I’m learning something about the writing process, too. That sounds like an understatement, I know, but I always thought the process was simple: you write several drafts until you’re happy with it, get some beta readers to check it out for plot holes, rewrite as required if you agree with them, and then publish. When all that’s done, you move on to the next story idea.
It isn’t like that at all! You need to strike while the iron’s hot! If you have an idea, you need to get it down on paper while it’s fresh in your head. So, I find myself in a strange but enviable position. My first novel is published but I have three more novels in production.
I have beta readers going through my second novel, Their Exasperating Dance with Death, which is an adventure set in the South Pacific and concerns a group of people thrown together and forced to battle an ancient, evil creature.
I have a draft of my third novel, Her Twisted Fascination with Death, ready for beta reading at some point later this year. Each of these are stand alone stories, with completely separate characters and plot lines. This third one has even more of a supernatural twist and involves a journey through Heaven and Hell for the protagonists.
I’ll keep you updated on the progress of these two new novels. Meanwhile, I invite you to visit my SHORTS page and read a new short story I wrote. For anyone out there wanting to write – do it! What a rush!