Today I have added a new static page to this website called My Books. This is so that anyone who wants to see the kind of information about the books that I’ve written in this blog will be able to see it through the menus without having to trawl through older pages. Although my website is still very much a work-in-progress I intend to write another 1000 words or more towards my new book.
It will be called “A New Tangled Tango” and will be another eBook when published by Kindle. Whereas my the main characters in my first novel were in their late twenties and early thirties, those in my new book will be in their late fifties and older. The book will be set in a fictitious post industrial town in Northern England. The time will be 2005. The context will be a small group of whose common interest is sequence dancing. They will meet at weekly dance session evenings; at meals hosted by group members but also at days out.
I have no idea yet how the plot will develop. I didn’t when I started writing the first book. That evolved out of a challenge to myself and my wife by our daughter to do some creative writing to pass the time during lockdown. My only previous experience of writing had been things such as consultancy reports, committee reports, training manuals and other business-based items.
Creative writing was, and is, a real challenge. My daughter read the first few pages of the first book and pointed out that they gave no idea of what my heroine looked like, how she dressed, what she was thinking or feeling, or of any conversation she was having. I had been writing merely descriptive prose about an evolving situation. That insight, in itself, was a game-changer. I accepted the criticism and started from scratch.
Writing became almost an obsession. The characters, their relationships and the plot dominated all my waking time. My wife and I talked about nothing else but our books. She is reaching the end of hers now.
Anyway, I think that the above will have to suffice for today. It’s becoming a novel in its own right.