‘Sunday For Seven Days’ – that’s what it used to say on cinema trailers. I’m aiming to spread the work over a rather lengthier time frame. First up this year will be the paperback version of ‘The Book of Forgotten Authors’ in October, and I believe it’s going to contain some extra material that wasn’t in the hardback. More news about that as I get it.
Then in March (it all seems to far away but I live my life in 9-month delivery slots) comes the paperback of ‘Hall of Mirrors’. which seems to be one of the most popular Bryant & Mays yet (it takes a bloody long time to become newly discovered, I’ll tell you).
Alongside it will be the next full-length novel, ‘The Lonely Hour’. This is shaping up to be the biggest Bryant & May novel yet and certainly the longest. I’m attempting several new things in it – increasing the characterisation of the perpetrator, exploring a bigger canvas, and while there’s a serious subtext about the isolation of urban life, it also has some cracking jokes.
There’s to be a new collection of Bryant & May short stories called ‘England’s Finest’, and one of them, ‘Bryant & May and the Seventh Reindeer’, will be issued first as a Christmas e-short story. (We did this in America and it was very successful.)
Around these definite publications are three maybes, one of which – my Dark Ages saga – has a completed first draft. There’s a new thriller, and a novel which could be described as a fictionalised spin on ‘Film Freak’. I need to get the decks cleared for the saga, which still needs a lot of work, but then I also want to tackle something very scary. It’s been a while.
Scheduling everything is difficult because I’m dependent on editors to approve individual projects. This means one’s earnings can spike and then flatline for a year, so there’s a lot of planning to be done.
Enough chit-chat, back to the almost-finished new B&M book on my desk!
(The artwork is from past short stories of mine that appeared in magazines)