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.

By andymonk, Jan 1 2018 02:30PM

Here's hoping 2018 has a little more peace, love and understanding than recent years. Probably a somewhat wishful hope given the state of our poor blighted little world. Thanks to a perforated bowel and a whole host of miscreant infections, 2017 came pretty close to being my last year, so I'd like to add good health to the new year wish list and I've been busy down the gym already over the last few months trying to make good on that promise to myself. Not sure the gluttonous Christmas I enjoyed helped so much though...

I can't do much about world peace and good health I only have marginal control of, however, one thing that is in power is to write more books! And that's a resolution I can deliver straight away as Hollow Places, the final Hawker's Drift novel, will be published on 18 Feb 2018 and is available to pre-order now!

Happy New Year folks!

By andymonk, Sep 30 2017 10:21AM

The fourth and penultimate Hawker's Drift novel will be out in November 2017 and available to pre-order shortly.

The final book is written and will be out early in the New Year.

By andymonk, Sep 6 2017 11:16AM

Many apologies to anyone who tried to subscribe to my mailing list in anticipation of receiving a copy of my new novella, The Burning, and never received an email to confirm subscription or anything else from me.

I'd set this up with Mailchimp, who are by far the biggest email marketing platform on the planet, unfortunately I didn’t realise that most of the major email providers now block email coming via Mailchimp from a free email account (such as the yahoo one I'd used for example) in order to reduce spam and scam emails. This took several frustrating days for me to work out. Days that I could have spent writing and editing! Now I've changed the email address I use on Mailchimp to my website email address it is working perfectly...

So, if you did try to get hold of a copy of The Burning, please accept my apologies, I wasn't ignoring you!

The system now works, so if you subscribe again, you will get a copy.

Unless there's anything else I've mucked up of course...

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