It’s been a bit quiet around here, hasn’t it?
Don’t worry, I’ve not been sitting on my laurels, thinking “Well, that’s it. I’m published. Next goal?” Nor have I just been counting all the monies Wandless has made me, Scrooge McDuck-style (although it has sold better than I could have hoped, so thank you to everyone who has supported me so far).
Instead, I’ve been spending time with the family, doing a few work-centric projects, working on ways to get Wandless into the hands of more readers, and starting on my next book(s). Rather than bore you with an extensive account of all this, here are the highlights:
If you haven’t seen already from the series page, the first Wandless book is now available from Kindle, Apple Books, Google Play, Kobo, Nook, !ndigo, Angus & Robertson, Mondadori, Vivlio. It’s also available through Tolino, OverDrive, Bibliotecha and Baker & Taylor.
And if you’re still not sure, sign up to my mailing list to get a free five-chapter sample. That’s double what you get from Amazon, etc, and should be enough to give you a feel for the world and get you hooked on the story.
Okay, that’s the shameless salesy bit out of the way.
Daughter’s Adventure Book
My next project is a personal one, and something you almost certainly won’t be able to read.
Back in the summer of 2017, I was seeking something to write (I wouldn’t have the dream that inspired Wandless for another year). I often take part in writing challenges throughout the year, and one was coming up that tasked participants to write 1,000 words a day for a month.
I asked my wife what she thought I should do: start something fresh, or dust off an unfinished novel. She suggested writing something for our then one-year-old son.
The result was his Adventure Book, a collection of short stories about my son, in which he is given a magical book that makes wishes come true.
I’m almost certainly never going to release it. I haven’t even given it to my son yet. He’ll get it on his fifth birthday, by which point he’ll hopefully start showing interest in stories other than the ones written by Julia Donaldson (although those are truly brilliant, of course. I never say no to Room On The Broom).
And, in the interest of fairness, I’m now writing an Adventure Book for my daughter. I wrote my son’s by the time he was two, and she turns two in a few months, so it’s time to get cracking.
It’s actually a really nice change of pace writing for children. There’s no worry about making it appealing to strangers, or coming up with something completely original and unpredictable (well, it’s not as important). The language can be much simpler, the stories can be sillier and more random, and since these are for my own children, I can include a few little in-jokes. Each book is a collection of ten short stories, and they can be as short as I like.
There’s no pressure. It’s just about the fun of storytelling.
Hover over the ‘Books’ bit of the menu at the top of this page and you’ll see a new ‘Recommended Reading’ section.
This is where I’ll be posting descriptions and links for books by other authors that I think you might like. Some authors are friends of mine (but I’ll make that clear), and others are just independent writers I’ve really enjoyed reading.
There’s only a few recommendations to begin with, and I’m not sure how frequently I’m going to expand it but it’s worth keeping an eye on.
There will be more regular cross-promotions for other books and authors in my newsletter, so be sure to check those out when you sign up.
Obviously that won’t be the final title but the next Wandless book is well into the planning stage.
I had planned to just put Wandless out as a standalone and then focus on my other series of urban fantasy thrillers, Death & Fairy Dust. But I’ve had so many lovely comments about Wandless, and requests for more information on this world, that it makes sense to focus on this first.
I have a storyline in mind for the second Wandless book, which will be the middle of an Emilia Harris trilogy. And this one will be a full-length novel, but still with the fast, can’t-put-it-down pacing.
After that, I have five or six other Wandless stories (and counting) that I want to write – and I’m sure Emilia will make an appearance in some of those.
I’m also planning another novella, this one focused on Hawthorne and what happens to her after the events of the first book, plus a short story that I’ll be releasing this Christmas. Both will be free to people who subscribe to my mailing list.
The aim is to have the second Wandless book out at some time next year. Rest assured, I’ll keep you posted with title reveal, cover reveal and perhaps a few free excerpts here on the blog.
So that’s where I’m up to. Thanks for sticking with me, and if you haven’t tried Wandless already, please do. I’d love to know what you think, and what you want from future Wandless books