My next project ...
Well, an author's life certainly throws up some interesting challenges and I sometimes wonder how I can explain why the plots, twists and turns of characters' lives and the direction of narratives go the way they do ... because sometimes even I don't see things coming. It sounds bonkers even to my ears so I hardly believe my readers to believe it, but the characters do have an autonomy of their own. It's almost as if I have to listen to them, then write down what I'm told! So Book III finishes the Pendennis Trilogy. Or does it?
On the horizon...
What I thought was coming next seems to have changed and as for authorial control, it seems there's not much.
Prequels, so I am told, are all the rage. I don't know about literary fashion, but eagle-eyed readers will note an intriguing back-story in 'To Untie a Sealed Knot'. It isn't an untidy ending this time, more an exploration of a 'back-story'. So, think 1595, West Cornwall and a misty summer morning and you have the starting point.
But that Scottish novel is still brewing and the more research I do the more fascinating it gets. I have the feeling the 'historian' is going to enjoy getting lost in a few archives before this one starts to take shape though. Inspired by ancestors and a beautiful chapel on the North shore of the river Forth, St. Bridget's Kirk, it will be set in the later 17th century. Disillusionment and discovery; cynicism and a Covenant ... throw in an execution and a true story and there's the start!