The Day The Earth Turned (Books 1-4 working title)
This story was an unexpected surprise and one that has grown rapidly in size, meaning and impact. I wrote a short story called A Mother’s Tears, which I gave away with an author newsletter. I don’t want to go into the details too much, as one, the author newsletters are exclusive to those sign up to receive them, and two, I am so excited about this possible book that I want to keep it to myself for now. Since A Mother’s Tears, I have written and attached several other short stories which basically serve as chapter samples and character snapshots for this series. I have finished book 1 and I am almost at the end of book 2!! This is going to be an epic YA horror/post-apocalyptic series and I have the feeling it will pull me in and keep me prisoner for a long time… So, if you want to know more all you have to do is sign up to my author newsletter here… Author Newsletter
Fortune’s Well trilogy (working title)
This was another unexpected surprise but these may very well be the next books released! My business partner author Sim Sansford messaged me in December 2020 asking if I had ever considered writing a book with another author because he had an idea…as we have got on so well working together since November, I said, why not? Writing with antoehr author was something I had never thought I would do but I thought why not give it a go? Within six weeks we had written an entire book together, which rolled instantly into book 2…A few days ago we finished book 2 and will probably start book 3 instantly too. The trilogy is set in a small, rural town with a strange past which resurfaces to affect two teenagers, Darcie and JJ. I write JJ’s character and Sim writes Darcie. I can’t say too much more at the moment but I am really looking forward to releasing these!
We Hate The Cool Kids (working title)
A while ago I was driving to my writing group when an old song came on the radio, which caused me to think about something I had forgotten about. Before I arrived at my group, I had a short story, if not a whole novel running around inside my head. It was inspired by the memories and images the song conjured up. Teenage girls. Dusty woods. Enemies. Revenge. I wrote the short story She Is… which is included in Bird People and Other Stories and I have recently started another short story, which basically takes off where She Is…ends. Update March 2019; this book really leaped into my head lately and I couldn’t ignore it anymore, so I’ve started a very rough draft in a notebook. This is jumping the queue quite a lot, and The Day The Earth Turned should really be the priority but I’m kind of used to writing more than one book at a time and I like having a long-hand project on the go, so we will see what happens! Update December 2019; I finished the first draft and really enjoyed writing this novel. I am not sure when I will start the second draft but it will be some time in 2020. Update March 2021 – as I am concentrating on The Day The Earth Turned books, I have still got back to the second draft of this one but it’s day will come!
A short story/poetry collection
This is something I work on every now and then. It’s growing bigger all the time and it would be nice to release it towards the end of 2020, maybe around October, Halloween time, but that depends on other things. It includes some short stories previously released in a spooky collection called Child’s Eye. I unpublished that book a long time ago and have since added more short stories and some poems, all of a particularly dark nature! Update March 2021 – this is huge now and I really should release it but I’m a bit too busy at the moment to give it attention.
The Boy With The Thorn In His Side spin-off book/books
Working title – At Night They Played In The Road
In The Boy With The Thorn In His Side – Part 5 I introduced two brothers called Tom and Alfie Lane. They play a fairly important role in the storyline of that book and I fell in love with their characters. Gradually their back story came to me, and their characters grew and grew in my head until I had a book. I couldn’t resist plotting it out in a notebook alongside character bios and even fourteen rough chapters. I so want to write this book! But it has to wait it’s turn. I do think I will write the odd bit here and there too, I just can’t resist it!
The Ugly One (working title)
This is another book I first wrote as a teenager. I don’t have the full manuscript anymore, sadly, but I do have a fair bit of it, and the rest is in my head. At the time I got about three quarters of the way through before I gave up for reasons I cannot recall. Recently I have been thinking about the two extremely dysfunctional main characters Adam and Jude, and wondering how their story would have ended…It was a bit of a revenge thriller, and if I wrote it again I would set it in the 1990s and have it jump between their actions as teenagers, and the present day as adults. So again…watch this space but I won’t be getting to it for a very long time.
Sequels in planning or progress…
Return To The Tree Of Rebels
This is the sequel to the Tree Of Rebels. This book has been plotted to a rough extent and I have written about half of it in the first draft. This book is not calling to me at all at the moment so nothing will happen here until it does.
I have started the sequel to The Mess Of me called The Mess Of Us and it is set two years after the first book ends. I’m not sure when I will get back to this book. It calls to me quite a lot, and is about a third written and completely plotted out…however I am at the mercy of who shouts loudest in the above list!! Update July 2020… I started writing this again recently and it’s going really well! I’m almost half way through the first draft! No idea when this will be ready though.
I have another idea roaming around in my head. No title, no character names yet…just a location, a mood/theme, and a storyline that involves a dysfunctional family (again, I know!) and a huge family secret. I won’t say too much more as it won’t make any sense yet…but it’s growing!