Where does the time go?
But let’s not start with all that! I have been having a very busy year as a performer and as a novelist. Let me tell you all about it,…
As you’ll have seen in my last post – oh, so long ago – I spent part of my Summer working as a storyteller in my home of Bentham. I have also been hard at work as a medical roleplayer in Lancaster and Manchester. It’s one of those jobs that is an enjoyable and reliable “filler” between more visible acting work.
I continued my association with Rough Magic Theatre last year, returning to perform as Lewis Carol and The Mad Hatter in a short summer tour of their “Alice In Wonderland” show at a number of festivals. I also returned to the role of Fred Fettler in “Fred Fettler’s Pony 3000”, a street theatre show that went down a storm at Lancaster Encounter, a summertime festival in Preston.
Beyond acting, I have been busy writing. My “Christmas Tails” collection of short stories has been selling well over the holiday season and I’ve been typing out stories for the sequel collection, due out later this year.
Just before Christmas I released “The Santa Beneath The Ice”, a short comic/Noir crime thriller set in 1900 New York. It quickly drew a set of Five Star reviews and sold in good numbers – though the fashion on Kindle these days seems to favour full-length novels.
With that in mind, I have already begun work on my first full-length novel featuring Keegan and Lestrade, characters that I grew very fond of during the writing of “Santa”. Their first full-length adventure (currently under the provisional title “The Ripper of Red Hook”) will be written over the course of 2016. I’ve already mapped out the mystery they will face and many of the characters they’ll meet on the way. Lets see what happens!
I’ll be blogging solidly about my experience writing this first full-length work over the next year. If you’re curious about how it feels to write a novel and what challenges a writer faces, subscribe to this blog and keep updated on my progress.
Which reminds me: this blog is going weekly. After an eon in suspended animation, I’m ensuring that I update it every Wednesday from now on. I hope that you can join me.
Until Wednesday, though,…