Another year has rolled by and I realised it’s been a rather busy one for myself on the writing front. The obvious distractions of fatherhood deterred my thoughts for so long that it’s only now that I feel I can happily hang my hat up for 2017. It was a great relief to finally publish The Will of the Wisp back in July, and re-visiting Tenebrae Manor in order to get the definitive edition published was a blast. With my sister’s help I was fortunate enough to have a few short stories featured in The Australia Times online magazine; it is always so exciting to have other people read the work that is so personal to the writer.
What else? Well I continued on my merry way writing stories for a third novel; a novel with absolutely no release date in sight. Becoming a dad has had the expected effect on my priorities, and this new novel idea has been sculpted around those effects. I find it very difficult to focus on one idea for an extended period of time now; The Will of the Wisp and its long production can attest to this. It ain’t like the days of writing Tenebrae Manor, where I could write whenever I pleased! So these new stories are short snippets that are all set in a similar universe / time frame. The result is numerous story arcs in the air all at once, ready for me to pluck down at leisure and continue forward. It’s a great way to write (at least for myself).
Of books? I read plenty of fantastic novels this year. Now that the holidays are on the horizon, should you need something good to peruse here are some of the best books I read in 2017:
A Voice Within a Cloud – Denton Welch
The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan
Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
Train Dreams – Denis Johnson
The Evenings – Gerard Reve
I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2018.
Tenebrae Manor (both the original and definitive editions) and The Will of the Wispare free to download on Amazon Kindle for five days only! Promotion ends on Halloween 31st October so get yourself a spooky read to get into the spirit of things! Links below:
Just in time for Halloween, Tenebrae Manor: In the Dark Trees Definitive Edition is available now! I’m very pleased to be able to get this ready in time for the upcoming holiday season. This improved edition of my first novel is the best way to experience the story. Containing illustrations, poetry, character profiles, interviews and more, this is Tenebrae Manor the way it is meant to be.
Tenebrae Manor: In the Dark Trees Definitive Edition can be purchased on Amazon for $15.99 USD, making it cheaper than the original edition! Just one more reason to add it to your reading collection. A Kindle edition is also available for just $0.99 USD! Click the image below to get your copy today.
Halloween is coming up, and like every other year I will be giving away Tenebrae Manor for free in the days leading up to October 31! The difference this year is that my latest novel, The Will of the Wisp, will also be free to download as well. So you can get two free books for Halloween, happy day! The promotion will start on October 27th.
I’d also like to note that I am working hard to get Tenebrae Manor: In the Dark Trees Definitive Edition out in time for Christmas, maybe earlier (a big maybe). But in any account, I can’t wait to share that one with you; it’s turning out great!