This blog's been a bit quiet lately and I'm aware I've only posted links or guest posts for some time now. I thought you might be interested in what I've been working on recently, and what's become of the novels I've mentioned here before. So here's an update.
I've written two complete novels. The first was the one based on my family history research, and featured the lovely Henry who took over this blog on one of Sally Q's Blog Takeover days. I wrote and edited that novel, got some professional feedback on it, and then put it aside, knowing that it wasn't really commercial. That's the problem with basing fiction on real life - the facts get in the way of a good story.
I then wrote another novel - a time-slip one with two linked stories in different time period unfolding in alternate chapters. This also has a genealogical angle but is entirely fictional. The 1-line 'elevator pitch' for it is: What happens if, when researching your family
tree, you discover not a metaphorical skeleton in a closet but an actual skeleton, buried in the garden of
a house once occupied by your ancestors?
I loved writing this second novel, and am now trying to find an agent for it. There's been a smattering of interest - two agents asked for the full manuscript - but no takers as yet. I live in hope.
And now I'm planning another novel, also time-slip, with a contemporary and a World War Two story unfolding side by side. I also have an idea for a 4th novel...
In between, I've written a second How To book: Short Stories and How to Write Them. This follows the same format as my Ghost Stories book - ie it is part anthology and part how to. I'm waiting for my son to complete a cover design for it, and it needs a final proof-read, then it'll be ready for publication. Don't worry, I'll let you all know when it's ready!
I'm vaguely planning to use CreateSpace to produce a print version of the two How To books in one volume. They're both a bit short to be worth printing by themselves, but will work combined into one. What do you think - would you buy it?