How To Smell Like An Author

This morning as I stare out of the kitchen window in my usual precaffeinated state (read: gormless; the incompetent fledgling wagtails on the bird feeder have more savoir faire than I do), Mrs H gives me a swift side-eye and says, “You’ve started your next book, haven’t you?”

She’s right. This morning I hammered the first one thousand words into Tyack & Frayne Book Five, as yet untitled, and, provided I write like a turbocharged demon, scheduled for release on 2nd August. Yes, Harvest Festival – Lammas – Lughnasadh. You all know Gideon and Lee tend to face their adventures around those wild, crazy festival times, those turns of the year when the veil is thin. I hadn’t mentioned making a start on it to the missus, and I asked her how she knew. She said, “You just exude something.”

She assures me it’s not anything noxious, and we don’t need to call pest control. It is apparently perceptible, though. I can well believe it. My last few weeks have been entirely occupied with edits – to Cold Fusion, which I submitted to Samhain today, and to Ring Around the Sun, my Last Line sequel.  And the person who edits is not the same as the person who creates.

I need to keep this in mind. That 1K per day keeps me sane. TMI alert – menopause has entered my life like a mechanical digger and I barely recognise the new landscape. It’s not all bad – I’m getting to make the acquaintance of the person I was before the hormonal tsunami of 35 years ago, and I quite like the sane, clear-eyed kid who got washed away in the tide – but my creativity is altered. It’s coming from a different, less accessible place, and in some ways it was easier to sit back and work on something I’d already written. Ring Around the Sun is a wild and fiery book. I’m not sure I could have produced anything like it if I’d started now!

But there is nothing – nothing – to beat the sacred bloody beauty of finding new words. I sit down, write them, walk away a different person. Not in any way altered on the outside; still the same shambling zombie who needs another cuppa before she can string a sentence together out loud. But Mrs H can sense the change, and I love her for it. It’s nothing to do with money or reputation, although I value both those things and watch the bottom line on my sales reports as anxiously as any other professional writer. It’s life itself, the daily dues I pay to my gifts and my purpose in being here.

So here’s to Gideon and Lee, to Zeke, Ma Frayne, Jago and Elowen and even that lightfingered wee bastard Darren Prowse, who’ll all have their parts to play in this tale. Here’s to 1K per day – every day. It doesn’t sound much, but sometimes it takes – and means – everything.


A Momentous Day! :-D

Those of you who’ve been following my authorial adventures for some time (and if not, why not? Hmmmmm? 🙂 will know that I’ve had a Certain Sequel to a Certain Book on the back boiler for a long, long, long while.

Yes. The book is Last Line. And, yes…

I have finally finished book two.

I feel as if someone finally moved a giant truck out of my head that’s been parked there for about three years. Why was this one such a struggle for me? Partly because the publisher I initially submitted to rightly pointed out that the sequel, as it stands, doesn’t conform too well to romance guidelines. Don’t worry, no cardinal rules have been broken, and you know I hold my readers’ hearts in my hands as carefully as if they were my own, but there is a long prologue, and certain other dynamics which take this baby quite a long way off-piste.

I could have rewritten it. But my love for the mystery and magic of it all eventually made me resolve to preserve the storyline, get it finished – which would have happened a year or so ago had not a certain Gideon Frayne and Lee Tyack hijacked my imagination – and publish it myself through FoxTales.

So, in a month or so, once I have cover art and all the peripherals, I will be releasing the mythical beast that is Last Line 2 – Ring Around the Sun upon you. Mike and John certainly gave me a lot of trouble to get their story born, but I’m as deeply in love with them as it’s possible to be.

I did have thoughts of releasing the prologue/prequel as a separate novella, but ultimately decided to include it into Ring Around the Sun. I reckoned it might be potentially confusing/frustrating for readers to have to purchase a novella in the middle to be able to make sense of the final book. So it’s coming as a complete package, and I feel you are going to love it – not just Mike and John’s story but Marina and Leo’s too.

And who are Marina and Leo?

Why, John’s mother and Mike’s father, that’s who.

Believe me, Mike and John were almost brothers. 😀

Watch this space, my website, FB and Twitter for blurb, excerpt and a confirmed release date. I’m saying a month but it might well be sooner than that if I can lash my editing staff into the appropriate state of well-lathered fury.