|Book One of The Erebus Sequence|
July is almost upon us. I have been doing this full-time writer lark for about seventeen months. I have yet to descend into all out eccentricity, but come back in another seventeen months and it may well be a different story. I’ll have married an anteater or opened a theme park like Dollywood.
I’d have to say the worst bit about being writer so far is the waiting, because publishing moves glacially. That I have a European Union-sized deficit of patience has nothing to do with it. All writers work at different paces and some get stuck and some don’t. Some disappear to write children’s books or video games and some don’t. It’s for this reason I’ve written all three books of The Erebus Sequence. There’s my impatience again. I wrote them because I wanted to discover the ending to my own books. I wrote them to see if I could. I’m not so self-assured to think the first one wasn’t a fluke.
Book two has been sent off to the copy editor. Expect it in February 2015. I like copy editors. They’re the people who stop you going on stage with your flies open, so to speak. Or the back of your dress stuck in your knickers, if you prefer. Book two has more linear plot, less of the back and forth between timelines that dominated The Boy with the Porcelain Blade.
Book three, working title Throne, is with a friend who gave me fantastic and thorough feedback for books one and two. I suspect I will need to buy him a bottle whisky shortly. Handing Throne off meant I had nothing to do, so I plunged into Book four. If you’re reading this there’s a good chance you’re familiar with my work, so you’ll know that each book has a different point of view character. You might also know I am contracted for three books, so Throne needed to have a suitably big finish. Not the full-on Michael-Bay-helicopters-landing-at-sunset-while-stuff-blows-up-ending, but, you know. Big.
Book four could only feel smaller by contrast, but no less important. It takes place a year after book one when Lucien has decided to quit Demesne and head across the island to start his own town. Except the book isn’t about Lucien but a new point of view character who pops up in books two and three as a minor character.
I’ve also written a short story told from Duke Prospero’s point of view in, what I hope, is something akin to a ghost story. It ties up an unresolved plot point of book one while introducing a new character we see in book four – should book four ever see the light of day. I like this interweaving of tales. ‘Every character should want something even if it’s only a glass water,’ says Kurt Vonnegut. My characters certainly do, they all seem to want their own novel, they all want to be heard.