This is the sequel to A Song For Bill Robinson. This was not supposed to happen but at the end of the book I had so many more ideas for these characters, and so many twists and turns I just couldn’t resist. This book is finished and has just come back from the wonderful proofreader. I need to do one more edit and sort out a front cover and then it is ready to publish. However, because it ends on a dramatic cliffhanger I do not want to release it until the 3rd book in the trilogy is ready. I will then release them perhaps a month apart.
The Search For Summer (working title)
The third book in the Holds End trilogy…following on from the dramatic events that conclude book two, Emily’s Baby, The Search For Summer explores the aftermath of these events and is more focused on Summer’s character. I am currently doing a kindle read-through/edit which counts as draft four. There are a few chapters that need moving around, but other than that, I feel like it is all how I want it. Of course, after the fifth draft I will send it out to beta readers, so no release date yet.
The Boy With The Thorn In His Side – Part Five
Changes to Part Four inevitably set things up for a Part Five It seems I just can’t leave these characters alone! This book is very nearly ready and will definitely be the next book I release. I originally penned a part five followed by a part six, but as both were a lot smaller than the other four books in the series, I decided to combine them. So the series will consist of five books. This book is currently with the wonderful proofreader for a final check, it has a front cover and a ready blurb and will hopefully be released August 2020.
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 am currently working on this book when I get a chance, with the aim of writing a chapter a day. 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
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.
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!
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.
The Boy With The Thorn In His Side spin-off book/books
The Boy With The Thorn In His Side Part Five introduces two characters called Alfie and Tom Lane. I got the idea for these characters while watching Supernatural and Breaking Bad. I am endlessly fascinated with sibling and family relationships. A lot of my books revolve around the complexities of family life. I wanted to write a book about the dysfunctional relationship between two brothers (ie Supernatural) but set amongst a similar crime background to Breaking Bad. I had no idea how I would do this, but the characters started to take form in my head very quickly and then I had the genius idea to write them into The Boy series….This was partly because they fitted and their story can carry on after that series ends, and partly because the characters had become so real in my head I just had to write them somewhere! At the moment I have bits and bobs written in a notebook and a short story, but watch this space.
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!