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...

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