Elliot Pie’s Guide To Human Nature
This book is also almost ready for release! Like The Tree Of Rebels, this book has really taken its time. Two years now, at least! It’s been with beta readers twice, and I’ve rewritten it, changed tenses, points of view, and all sorts. At the moment I am considering slightly changing the ending. As I can’t quite make up my mind, I’ve given myself time off from it, and have been working on another project. However, after I finish reading the book I currently have on my Kindle, I will be re-reading the last draft I did of Elliot Pie and making notes/corrections again. I am hoping another read through will help me make the decision about the ending. I am going to try traditional publishers with this book once I feel it is ready, and if no luck, I will place it with Pronoun and plan a book launch. The book is about a young boy called Elliot who decides to ‘collect’ strangers as friends, in a misguided attempt to convince his mother that humans are not all bad. It’s essentially an examination of human nature, through the eyes of a child. The adults all get their say too though. You can read more about the progress of this book in the following blog posts… The Gloriously Ugly First Draft Beta Readers; Handing Over Your Baby You can also follow the Pinterest storyboard here
A Song For Bill Robinson
This is a book I originally tried to write when I was sixteen years old. I got about three quarters of the way through before I gave up, started writing something else, and stuffed it into a suitcase. The character of Bill started bothering me again, so I wrote two short stories about him, Nightprowler and Bird People. You can read them in my short story collection Bird People and Other Stories, (available in ebook and paperback) which was released May 2016. These short stories were meant to put Bill off for a bit, hold him back, but the opposite happened. He got so loud I had to drag my suitcase out from under the bed and go through what I’d written at 16. I was surprised and charmed by how much I’d written at that age, and how much it inspired me to get this story finished. This book is now ready for its fifth draft and will then go to beta readers. Overall I am really happy with it. This could change depending on feedback though so watch this space! You can read more about this book in Untold Stories
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. I will be working on it in between getting the three previous books ready for release.
Emily’s Baby (working title)
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. I have plotted this book in full and it is the project I am currently working on. I needed a break from editing and revising, so both Elliot Pie and Bill Robinson are on a break while I indulge in some fresh writing! I am currently Chapter 15 and things are going very well..
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. In fact, this may be the most pressing one in my head right now, but I don’t want to start it until I have the time to fully immerse myself in it. I wrote a short story called A Mother’s Tears, which I gave away with a recent 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 since written the first chapter and planned all four books! 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. I have a loose plan for a novel based on these characters and ideas. Again, it’s going to be some time before anything gets written, but the seeds are already being sown, so watch this space!
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!
Sequels in planning or progress…
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!!