The Day The Earth Turned (Books 1-4)
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 Story, which appears in my latest release The Old Friend – A Collection of Tales and Poems 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… UPDATE: I have now written all four books in this series but I am not ready to release them yet. Book one has been through beta readers and is now with the proofreader, and book two is with beta readers. I don’t want to start releasing them until I am completely happy with each one and as each book is named after a season, I am thinking it would be cool to release book one in summer, and so on. If you want to know more all you have to do is sign up to my author newsletter here… Author Newsletter
The Fortune’s Well trilogy
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 another 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…UPDATE JUNE 2022 – We have now finished the whole trilogy, though book three needs to go to the proofreader. Book one is available to buy here Fortune’s Well Book One – Hangman’s Revenge 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. We hope to release book two, Project Pandora in July and book three in September.
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!
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! UPDATE JUNE 2022 – I couldn’t resist and started writing a rough first draft about year ago and now I am writing it on the laptop after transferring those notes to Word. It is still in first draft status, and I think I am about half way through.
Black Hare Valley (series)
This story was not meant to happen for years but it has jumped the queue quite brazenly and I am now writing it in longhand in notebooks at the same time I am writing The Boy With The Thorn In His Side spin off book. Some days I write a bit for both but quite often I alternate between them, working on one one day and the other the next day. It all started a few years ago after both my son and I had re-read Stephen King’s It. I suddenly really wanted to write a book set in a strange little town where kids have to battle some kind of evil. That was all I really had but my son helped me create a huge, complex map for this town called Black Hare Valley. That obviously led to character bios and plot ideas and themes. I kept it all in a notebook and put it to one side as I was already working on enough books! Then, February this year (2022) we had a five day power cut and I could not use my laptop. I had to write something, so I picked up the Black Hare Valley notebook and wrote a possible first chapter. This obviously led to a second chapter and now I have just started the fifth A4 notebook. So, it’s fair to say it is going well!
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. UPDATE JUNE 2022 – I have not gone back to this one since 2020… but I will one day!!
Journal Of The Undead
I have been obsessed with The Walking Dead since my son made me start watching it over a year ago. I am currently watching it for the second time while I wait for the new, final season to become available to me. Me and my son talk about zombies and apocalypse situations so often that I started to get an idea for a story in my head. It’s a diary style story told from the POV of a sixteen year-old boy who is alone after his mother dies during a zombie virus outbreak. He then gets chased out of his home by bad guys and goes on an epic journey to find his dad and half-brother and then get back home again. I have filled a notebook with diary entries and I have the whole thing planned out but at the moment it is not a book I am actively working on.
The 7th Child
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! UPDATE 2022 – it now has a title, The 7th Child, although that may change and it has a location, because I want to use the 500 year-old farmhouse my oldest sister lives in. I’ve got a bit more on characters and plot too but other than that, I am not thinking about this one right now.