Saturday, 19 December 2009

A Christmas Message from the Official Author's Site

And Christmas greetings to you all. May the yuletide log stay locked in its gathering of embers and never stray from its perch lest it slip and burn your house down. That would be truly awful.

So, pleasantries out of the way...

I wanted to give an update on things this year. Obviously in December, the paperback was launched, with the hardback being released in January this year. The Silver Knight had taken two years to write, plus another year to edit, prepare and release – Id like to thank Steve Farmer for his work on the cover, which I’m sure you’ll agree is excellent & Lulu for their technical support and commitment to drive down prices.

Progress has been slow, but more and more people are reading the novel... in the spring I launched the blog and redesigned the website. I also got going with Twitter and was introduced to several fantastic online communities including Litarena...

So, a year for book releases and a year for technical developments and news. I’ve also been working on the next book in the Silver Knight series. In terms of my progress, this has been slow for various reasons – I only really started it properly this year and always anticipated that it would take at least two or three years to write, given my growing commitments in other areas...


However. I have made strides with the first draft and I’m certainly a fair way through the narrative and what snippets can I give you? It is roughly the same time scale as book one – around four years. Probably more political comings and goings in this one – Jack is in the pay of some fairly important people so you’ll get to meet the Earl of Warwick, the King and Queen, plus some interesting lords. He also travels further – up north, to the Midlands and also to France and Burgundy. Probably slightly faster paced, but I’m sure you will all be the judges of this! Also, a hint of the supernatural! Of course, the tile was something I promised I would reveal, so now would be a good time... this is, at present, a working title, so there is always a chance that it might later be altered, but the likelihood is that book two will be called "The Quests of the Silver Knight."

How lucky you are to have the privilege of access to this information! I can already feel the anticipation leaking through my pores...

Which simply leaves me to offer my warmest Yuletide felicitations to you all...and I hope you enjoy the video!

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