I know, I know, I should be preparing the sequel(s) to my first book, “The Jracon’s Burden“, in order to build up the momentum. Many authors create wonderful deals and promotions whereby readers can buy their first book in a series as a taster for free, then, as they are now addicted (so we hope!), they are happy to spend a little more on the following books in the series.
And I will write the sequel, honest. I’ve lots of ideas, and no writer in their “write” mind (apologies…) would leave a story on a cliffhanger and not want to go back to find out what happens as much as the readers hopefully do!
I guess I’ve a bit of a backlog of ideas that I need to get down on paper, and now that I have assuaged my “Insectoid Fantasy” ideas a little with “The Jracon’s Burden”, it is time to turn to another idea of mine that has been bouncing around in my head for a while, in a genre I love almost as much as fantasy, that of dystopic/post-apocalyptic survival writing, if that is even a genre…
Think Walking Dead without the zombies, maybe more like the “The Road“, which is a beautiful film starring Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee adapted from the book by Cormac McCarthy, just hopefully with a happier ending.
My new story is set in the UK. Weirdly, I tend to prefer my films to be US-based, maybe because it is easier to experience escapism in a foreign country, maybe because the film industries from most other English-speaking countries are less well established so I tend to hear more about the American films. However, as I am writing this, and decided to try to keep it as true to a geographical location as possible, I knew that my home country was best. Otherwise I might have spent too long researching, and could have ended up writing less fluidly than when writing from personal experience of a country and its culture.
I procrastinated on which area of the UK to base my story in, knowing that it needed to be sufficiently far away from London to survive the bomb(s) I ended up dropping there, but close enough to still be affected by fallout – I was surprised by how complicated a concept fallout is, and what an impact the type of detonation, prevailing winds and topography have on the spread of this nasty stuff – thanks google! In the end I chose York and the North York Moors as the starting point of the story. I feel that the remote isolation of the Moors was in keeping with a post-apocalyptic theme.
I won’t give away too many spoilers but there is a strong sci-fi element to the story, the exact extent of which is still an unknown to me even though I have rustled up a rough outline of the story – I am finding I do like to be taken along by the story as much as is possible as a writer, while still creating a (hopefully) coherent plot.
“The Jracon’s Burden” was planned to be a fast-paced page turner, with little “filler”. With my new novel I am aiming for a slower pace but still with enough plot hooks and events to keep me and the reader interested (again, hopefully!). I’m about 20k words in so far, and I feel the story is just getting started, whereas with my Jracon book it was already flying high by that count.
Watch this space, I feel that talking about my new project here is cathartic; it’s good to get my thoughts down on “e-paper”, so I may well be returning to this topic in future blogs…
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