April 2016

Apologies for the silence. I'm not quite sure where the last few months have gone. I know I've spent an awful lot of time in my writing cell, working on The Risen, the third and final installment of The Darkest Hand trilogy, so much so that I think I'm starting to develop the vision of a ghost. In bright light I can't see a thing but in dark, gloomy conditions I've 20/20 vision. Since the start of the year, a lot has happened with Inquisitor Poldek Tacit and his band of unmerry men. The Damned was picked as one of the Book Depository's 'books of 2015', of which I was, of course, delighted. The first installment in the set came out in the US and Canada as Hardback and ebook, and also as an audiobook, read by Peter Noble, in March. And it continues to gain critical acclaim, with Kirkus calling it "Allegorical and erudite", Publisher's Weekly, "fascinating and compelling", and renowned author Tim Lebbon saying it's, "Fast, frenetic and deftly told." Oh, the pressure to write a suitable sequel!! Does The Fallen do its predecessor justice? I have absolutely no idea! I'll let you decide in just under a month's time. What I do know is I've written the best book I was able to at the time, and I've also spent longer on this book than anything else before. But for me, it's done, it's gone, and now I'm knee deep in the final book, and wading through bodies on not one but two fronts of World War One. It's not pleasant work, but someone has to do it. See you in May, when Inquisitor Poldek Tacit returns - or does he?!!

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