By andymonk, Oct 15 2020 12:29PM

Over the last three months I've been working on my forthcoming series, Rumville, pretty much fulltime (let's face it, all our leisure options have been pretty limited recently). I've completed the first two books in the series and am currently finishing off the third. There may be a fourth to conclude things, I'm just waiting for the characters to let me know about that.

I'm pretty pleased with how things are shaping up, having the capacity to write every day certainly helps the flow of the story telling and maintaining a consistent voice, which was something I struggled with a bit when writing In the Absence of Light (which took twelve years to finish) and Hawker's Drift (a comparatively nippy four years).

I've managed to write every single day since lockdown, sometimes more, sometimes less, but always something. Which, for an habitual slacker like me, is quite an achievement.

The first Rumville book (still toying with the title) will be out on 30th November, the second at the end of January and the third in March. If there's a fourth, it should be out May/June 2021. I'll be able to confirm that in my autumn update, which should be out a bit before the first book's published.

If you're wondering what "Rumville" means, it's a slang term for London. In 18th century parlance "rum" means anything that is good, while "ville" is town. So London was the "Good Town". Given how appalling life was for most people trying to survive amongst the city's squalor, disease, filth and poverty, I assume it was said with a degree of irony. Although, as a lot of the population seemed to spend a large proportion of their time blind drunk, perhaps not.

I trust this finds you safe and well in these peculiar times and I hope to meet you in the dark dangerous streets of Rumville very shortly.

I've got another tale to tell...

By andymonk, Nov 5 2019 01:52PM

Red Company is now out in eBook format and the paperback version is winging its way to a bookstore near you (well, ok, it's on Amazon).

This is a faster paced more action priented story than any of my previous books and it's the first not to have any significant romance element either - the characters are far too busy trying to stay alive to have any time for that kind of malarky (as a certain clown of my acquaintance might say)..

I'm pleased with it and my fingers are crossed that readers will be too. I do hope so, I have more planned to follow this one!

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!

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