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Monday, February 6, 2017

Working on a new novel

The end of last month saw at last the publication of a new novel (The Black Coach). It had been 5 years since the previous one was published. That's because I'm a hobby writer. I only write when I feel like it, I don't have deadlines. Honestly, I couldn't work that way. I know authors who have to 'deliver' three (or more) novel per year. When there is so much pressure on you, my creativity gives up.

So I'm glad to be with this small publishing house, where there is no pressure and a very good working relationship with publisher and editors.

For years I have been trying to find a good sequence to Diamonds for the Devil. I feel the second book should be just as good as the first one, which I totally like. I thought I had found a way to continue but there is something cursed with this plot (hey, the working title is Curse of the Diamonds). I don't doubt the book will be written sometime, but it won't be now.

I've dropped the manuscript and a couple of days I began with a fancy. I've experienced those make great stories. Just like The Black Coach. That book was written in a whiff. It felt like it was writing itself. And that's the way it is going now as well. The thought came to me I could take another of these short stories (Face in the Mirror and Other Stories) and expand on it. Now I'm creating the adventures of The Witch of Hawestone Moor and there will be some time-traveling involved. In just a couple of hours, I've already done various chapters.

So perhaps there can be a new publication later this year, or early in 2018...

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