Almost There

First of all, thank you again to anyone who has bought a copy of ‘Unpredictable Events’, which I am happy to say is still doing quite well and has had some lovely reviews. I wouldn’t exactly say that last night I dreamed I went to Pitkirtly again, but I can’t help looking forward to writing Pitkirtly XIV before too long, and I’ve had some ideas I think are interesting. The way things are looking at the moment, I am heading for a bit of a crisis when it comes to cover design, but I expect it will work itself out. Now read on for news of what I’ve been doing during July.

brighton pav smaller

I am just approaching the end of the first draft of the novel mentioned previously, set in Brighton in 1814-1815, which started life just being historical and has now developed spy thriller elements – oh, what a surprise! As happened with ‘A Quest in Berlin’ I know there are some sections in the earlier part that will need to be completely re-written, so I will be lucky to publish it by the end of the year. But that has not stopped me from designing a possible cover for it, shown below. I like to do a cover design of some kind as I go along so this might not be anything like the final one. The house in particular is probably not quite grand enough! But i still have a bit of research to do on stately homes, which may involve a site visit at some point.

THE HEIR TO MARSHINGDEAN draft

If you look closely at the cover you’ll see that it has ‘Brighton Heirs 1’ along the top. This is because I have always planned to have two interlinking novels set in the same place and the same era. The thought of writing a second historical novel is very daunting at this point, so I am trying to push it to the back of my mind, and I don’t think it will push its way forward again until well into next year!

 

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