I’m taking a little break from working on my third book, and when I say a small break, what I actually mean is I’m currently writing a different book lol. I’m working on a contemporary LGBT kink-positive romance with a side order of mystery, and I’ve written about 12k words so far. I created the set of characters based on an existing set that were created by me and my wife years ago. They’re similar in some ways but very different in others. I think the similarities are what enabled me to fall in love so easily with my new characters. It is meant to be a standalone story and not connected in any way to the other books, but I might end up crossing them over if I do write a sequel or a spin-off. I know, I’m really terrible with these spin-off ideas. I need to control myself but I can’t help it, every time I create a character, I just want to explore their private life and give them a story of their own.
Just a little update on my progress so far. The 3rd Lunar Shadows book has finally got a permanent title. It’s called When The Fog Eats The Mountain. I thought this title was more unique than Heartwood (how many books out there are called Heartwood? Dozens probably). I’ve planned out about 80% of the scenes and written a dozen of them. I’m not sure how long the story is going to end up being, perhaps a bit longer than the first two, so I’m squeezing what I can in and I may have to cut some bits out at a later date.
I visited Edinburgh last week for the first time and I was so amazed by the beauty of the place that it’s given me fresh inspiration to write. Getting to travel gave me some space to think, too, and that helped me to formulate some of the scenes I hadn’t had a chance to really go through in my head. The storyline has switched itself around a couple of times but now it feels like I’ve got a definite path to go down. Owen’s character has evolved so much in this novel that I hope people won’t dislike him because he has changed. He’s much stronger than he was before, and his role in his relationship with Maredudd is slightly different too. I have put a part of myself in Owen from the beginning and I wonder if the change in Owen is because of a change in me too.
I’m about 20% of the way through my third novel, most of it is planned out now and the ending and everything is organised. I’m not sure if it has turned out exactly as I initially imagined, but then I’m happy with the way things are with it now so I don’t feel it’s necessary to change it. It has spawned a prequel. Lol.
I’ve got plans for a bunch of other stories but I’m trying my best not to focus on them and end up getting sucked into them.
I completed my manuscript of Rough Sleepers and am happy to report that it has been submitted for examination to my publisher. I’m super excited! The journey I made whilst writing it was very different to the journey I experienced with Witcheskin, and I suspect will be different again to the third book I’m now working on. I plan to complete the trilogy and then write some spin-offs about the other characters in the series, Mecky in particular. I’ve also written the beginning of a novella with Leon and Ceri in as a follow-up, which will solely be a romance story with very little in the way of supernatural horror.
I have ideas for other spin-offs but I’m trying to keep them under control because I also need to continue work on Scissor Island lol.
I successfully migrated my blog from Blogger over to WordPress and I’m really impressed with the styles and themes here. They look so fresh and modern! My blogspot was looking pretty tired, like a circa 90s HTML site, not a good look unless you’re going for retro. Hopefully I can settle in nicely here and maybe get myself a proper domain name.
At present, I’m planning the plot-line for my third book, which will encompass both sets of characters from my first and second books, whilst hopefully clearing up any questions from them too. It’s going to be darker and have more emotional drama. Although technically it may not be classed as a ‘romance’, one of the couples in the story have a falling out and have to reconnect with each other, so in a way, it is a refreshing of romance between them. It’s taken me awhile to formulate a plot because originally there were two separate stories, then they combined, and then I separated them again because it just wasn’t working.
As it stands, I’ve got one other story that I’ve made a start on (Scissor Island), and two other story plots, one of which relates to a character who appears in book 2 of my trilogy. I named the trilogy Lunar Shadows, because it kind of sums up the theme running through them.
Apart from that, I’m working on some new characters and considering starting a Patreon, but I don’t really know how it works at this stage, nor how I can provide things for patrons as a writer. I guess I will look into it.
Today I finished the first draft of ‘Rough Sleepers’! The draft totals at just over 110,000 words. I’ve got a whole text file of things I need to go back and edit/adjust/add in so my work isn’t finished yet. It’s slightly longer than ‘Witcheskin’ but the storyline has a lot more characters in it so that’s not come as a surprise to me.
Now onto the editing stage!
This is a short story I wrote this weekend. It links up to my novel ‘Witcheskin’ and I may start writing a second part to accompany it. I wanted to write some additional scenes with a couple of other characters linked to the characters in ‘Witcheskin’. This short story is set in the early 1970s, quite awhile before the events of the novel, and clears up some of the mystery behind one of the main characters. It also features another character whom I would like to write a full length novel about, but I have yet to plan a proper story line for him!
‘Mr Merrick’ begins on the next page…
The first post in my new blog. I’ve had it as a place-holder for some time, but never got around to do anything with it because I didn’t feel it was necessary, perhaps because I had nothing to put on it. Now that I’ve completed my first novel, I feel this is a somewhat auspicious occasion and so have decided to commence posting here. I received some good news last week as my first novel, Witcheskin, was accepted for publication by LT3 Press, so I am in high spirits and enthusiastic about charging ahead with the other novels I have planned out! I hope this will be the start of a new stage in my history as a writer.
This is the first time I have had my work accepted by a publisher and I was overjoyed when I heard the good news. I’m sure there are plenty of people out there who know what that feels like! So, this is an alien world I am venturing into, and who knows where I will end up.
I’m currently working on editing my wife’s first novel, just doing a few pages a day in the hopes that I can have it finished in a couple of day’s time. That aside, I have completed the entire plot for my next novel, Rough Sleepers. Usually when I start writing, I have a few false starts while I test out the characters, and then when I get into their heads a bit more I can start planning the first stages of the story out. Often I don’t even have an idea of what to do with the ending until I am over halfway through!