Madeleine Marsh


I’ll try again.

The first time I wrote this, I didn’t back it up. Rookie mistake, and I haven’t been a computer rookie for a long, long time. Not since I first got my hands on a Spectrum - one of those with the rubber keys. I’ve still got it. I found it in a box after we moved house.

We moved house. It took 18 months. It was the most stressful thing I’ve ever done. I don’t know how real authors deal with deadlines when their lives descend into madness. At least with us self-publishing authors, when we miss a self-imposed deadline, no one calls us up asking where the damn book is!

18 months ago - and that feels a lot longer than it sounds - I was busy re-writing THE novel, the one that Gentleman Justice was written as a prequel to. When people say everyone has one novel inside them? For me, that’s Angel House. It’s based on a dream I had once. It was first written around fifteen years ago and it’s had several major edits over the intervening years. But I’ve never been good enough to get it right - I’m still not good enough.

I wrote Gentleman Justice to introduce the secondary characters for Angel House, so I didn’t need to deal with them in that book. And I wrote it to develop my craft. Yet I’m still not quite there. Back in 2015, I made the decision to remove one of the major characters and to change the ending. When I stopped writing in late 2015, I was about half way through that overhaul. And so it sits, a weird hybrid right now of what works and what doesn’t.

Instead of forcing the issue, then, I’m writing another prequel. Because, well, I can.

Witless Trickster was devised earlier this year, and I’m about a fifth done (first draft). I’ve no idea where it’s going, but I’m reliably informed that’s how many writers wind up with good books - start with no clue as to how it’s going to end. It makes the journey as exciting for the author as it should be later, much later, for the reader.

There’s no deadline yet - I’m not confident enough to set one. When I have a completed draft, and I’ve started to foist it on to my wonderful proof readers, then I’ll set the release date. I need to sort out new cover art for the series too, because sadly I can no longer afford the talents of the fabulous artist who drew the covers for Gentleman Justice and The House at the End of the World (like I said, we moved house!). But I can worry about all that later.

There’s another novella in the works too, The Revenge Epidemic, a story close to my heart. I periodically return to editing the first draft written for NaNoWriMo 2014. I’ll release that at some point, once it’s been proof-read and I’m happy it makes at least a little bit of sense.

So, that’s it for now. I’ve written this version of this ‘blog’ update in a Cloud based text editor. Now to get the website working again before I post it!

Talk soon.

Last updated: 2017-05-29 19:00:22