By andymonk, Oct 5 2019 04:00AM

Don't forget The Burning & A House of the Dead, two novellas linked to my new novel, Red Company, are free and available to all. Just sign up on the home page of my website and they're all yours!

By andymonk, Oct 3 2019 04:30PM

My new novel, Red Company, will be out on 26 Oct 2019 and is available to pre-order from today.

This is a dark and bloody tale of betrayal and survivival set during the horrors of the Thirty Years War (the first half of the 17th Century). This the first novel under the banner of In the Company of Shadows, which will be a series of vampire novels and short stories, some linked, some standalone, set in various time periods within the same universe as In the Absence of Light.

Its faster paced and more action orientated than most of my earlier books and I'm looking forward (I think!) to seeing what people think of it.

Fingers and other bits crossed!

By andymonk, Sep 2 2019 09:21AM

A new In the Company of Shadows novella will be going out to my mailing list next week! It's been a while since I've been able to publish anything, so it's great to be getting back on track after a pretty traumatic 18 months that's greatly curtailed my writing.

A House of the Dead will sit between The Burning and my forthcoming novel, though all can be enjoyed (hopefully!) as standalone stories. A House of the Dead will also feature details of the new novel, which I'm hoping to publish by the end of October.

Fingers very much crossed, I'm hoping that they'll be a lot more to come in 2020!

By andymonk, Jul 9 2019 08:40PM

My next novel is now finished and I hope to publish it in October, depending on how the final editing goes. Despite having quit work a year ago to write full time, most of my days seem to fill effortlessly with other things - renovating a cottage is a lot more time intensive than I'd thought. It's not in my nature to be an optimist, but nine months into the work it's almost, almost, almost finished! Then, finally, I'll have huge chunks of time to fritter away as I choose. Mostly, I'll be spending the time down the pub, but I might be able to squeeze a little more writing into that demanding schedule...

If all goes to plan I'll have another free novella available through the website, which will follow on from The Burning and link in to the new novel. I have two other novellas that I intend to now publish as a novel once I write the third part. I also have a couple of other novellas that I may save for a future collection or for some other dark purpose that may yet pop into my head.

Of course, that's the plan....

By andymonk, May 21 2019 10:26AM

It’s been a while. The last twelve months have been quite tumultuous for me. I quit my job, sold my house, moved out of London, bought a cottage by the seaside and renovated it, my mum was diagnosed with cancer and passed away and my partner’s father also died recently.

After being seriously ill in 2017, the idea of quitting my job and moving out of London was to allow me to write full-time and enjoy a quality of life that didn’t involve sitting behind a desk, staring at a clock and wishing large chunks of whatever remains of my life away. However, things haven’t worked out quite like that. We all know about mice and men, don’t we?

While I haven’t published anything since Hollow Places in the beginning of 2018, I have been able to do some writing here and there in between the moving, renovating, caring and grieving.

Without wanting to tempt that surly ol’ mistress Fate too much, I should be able to concentrate on writing from here on in and plan to publish at least two novels and one novella this year, along with another free novella for my email subscribers – not that I’ve been able to email anything for ages. Tardy!

All the stuff I have in the pipeline will fall under the banner of In the Company of Shadows, which will be an ongoing series of standalone stories, loosely connected to In the Absence of Light. I’m also working a fantasy noir novel, but I doubt that will be ready to publish until the ridiculously futuristic sounding 2020.

I have a list of other stuff I want to work through; paperback versions of In the Absence of Light, redesigning the covers for the Hawker’s Drift books, improving my website, getting a proper marketing strategy, working on building my e-mail list, doing something with Facebook other than moaning about its malign influence on society (that one’s quite ambitious)… plenty to keep me busy in other words. And that’s before we get on to the half a dozen novel ideas I’ve been kicking up and down the long grass for years.

It’s good to be back.

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