I know, I’m a week late and various dollars short. I have no excuse except to say I’ve been horrendously busy.
So what am I up to now?
Well the new book, ‘Fair Game’ (working title) is in the editing phase and will be done this week. As I mentioned before this is the first of my novels to be set Stateside. Why? Geography. Without a vast landscape where a person is unlikely to bump into another person the premise of the new book just wouldn’t work. I tried remote areas in Ireland, and we certainly have some of those, but each and every time I met humans– a farmer, German tourists (!) and dog walkers– in numbers. So I took myself off with my friend Kriss to traipse up and down heavily wooded areas in the states, learned the true meaning of the word wilderness and that other word that eludes us here, remote.
I’ve been catching up on some reading the last few weeks too, something I neglect when writing. Guardian angel Joe Long sent me a box of books before Christmas and I have been devouring them with gusto, including the very excellent The Glass Rainbow by James Lee Burke. I won’t lie, the blasted book had me teary-eyed and anxious in equal measure but that is the emotional roller-coaster a person signs up for when you open a Burke tome. I am currently nose deep in Dennis Lehane’s new book, great to see Patrick and Angie tackle the mean streets again.
Naturally once this week draws to a close I shall declare some time off, grow bored by day two and crack on with the next book. I’ve had a number of interested parties asking what happens with Johna and Sarah. Truthfully I don’t know yet, but I do know John needs to find her ASAP, and with that in mind I think we can expect another QuicK adventure on the not too distant horizon.
Take care, thanks for all the emails.