Yep my brain is near bursting, in just over a week we see the start of ‘NaNoWriMo’ (National Novel Writing Month) the event that started all of this, and I still have so much to do.
Karen (the awesome cover illustrator) is working on covers for the next two books in the series as we speak and I’m battling my way through the editing process in pursuit of completed drafts in time to start writing the first book in Thea’s series. It’s all go and can’t wait to share both of the new books with readers over the next couple of months. ‘Jack Reusen and the Children of Fate’ should be out in November and DUN DUN DUN…(new title reveal!)…’Jack Reusen and the Christmas Fox’ will be out just before Christmas.
One thing that I’ve learned over the past year is that writing and editing (you skip editing at your peril) at this pace is tough and sadly leaves little room for school visits etc. The weird thing though is that without school visits I’m not really sure how kids will hear about the books.
My target audience are children aged seven or eight years and up and as far as I know not many of them read blogs or hang out on facebook and twitter. Without school visits I’m really reliant on word of mouth from you guys who stop by this blog to find out what’s happening with the books.
With this in mind I’m sorry to say that Thea’s first book might arrive a little later in the year than ‘Jack Reusen and the Fey Flame’ did. I want to give myself time to get out and talk about the books more in the new year so if you would like an author visit for your school (or even a writing workshop/Q&A) please get in touch.
Sorry for not being on here much over the past few weeks, I completed a rework of ‘Jack Reusen and the Fey Flame’ (to go with Karen’s mysterious new cover) and as I said earlier I’ve been on editing duty for the next two books. As things start to loosen up over the next few weeks (or, more likely, as I begin to lose my sanity) I’ll no doubt be on here a lot more, and hopefully my posts will be full of updates on how it’s all going. As always thanks for reading, Cheers, John