Thursday, 27 March 2014

Book Three: Coming Soon

Harsh Realities is finally finished, the cover’s done and there are just a couple of weeks to the launch at SciFi Scarborough weekend in April!
It feels very strange to have actually finished this book. I’m feeling a bit bereft. I can remember reading years ago, when I was doing lots of fieldwork, about a phenomenon called expedition blues – glumness after all the excitement of an adventure. Finishing this book feels a bit like that. I’ve spent four years with these characters, through thick and thin, getting to know them, being surprised by them, taking out my moods on them. I’m missing them.
I know what it’s like as a reader to get to the end of a book or series and feel lost; to have been so caught up with the characters that you don’t want them to go yet. As a writer, it’s a hundred times worse. You’ve lived with this main character inside your head for so long, with infinite possibilities of what might happen to him. Suddenly, it’s all there in black and white and it’s done. No more what ifs or aha moments. It’s all happened the way it should and you’ve taken him as far as he needs to go – for now. It’s a bit like finishing a (half!) marathon – incredibly exciting and satisfying but after all that hard work leading up to it, it also leaves you standing there (usually in the rain) thinking, what am I going to do now?
Still, the Scarborough weekend sounds like it will be a lot of fun and it will be great to have the book out. We haven’t decided on costumes for the little ones yet but we have a few ideas if we can persuade them to be something other than Mr Gru’s minions.
And after that, back to the writing and into book four. After book one, I reckoned I’d be writing a book a year. Now that I have NG out of my system (mostly), maybe I’ll be able to get back on target.

Scifi Scarborough: 5th and 6th April 2014

Harsh Realities: (Thieves’ Guild: Book Three) is due out in paperback and eBook on general release on Monday 7th April 2014 and is available for pre-order at

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