Yes, yes, I know. It’s been weeks and weeks since I posted anything to the ‘News From Westerby’ blog. And no, I haven’t forgotten that I had a blog; nor have I been kidnapped by aliens or gone walkabout in a region that lacks a reliable internet connection. What I have been doing is writing the sequel to Five and a Half Tons. The new book is called A Fistful of Seaweed and it follows detective J.F. Springer as he tries to track down a missing teenage girl. Unfortunately, things don’t quite go to plan, and Springer soon finds himself out of his depth and struggling to make sense of the case. He’s just as strapped for cash as before, so he’s rather eager that his client should pay up promptly — though that doesn’t quite go to plan, either.
I delivered the manuscript to my editor at Grey Cells Press in November, but there are still a few tweaks to be made before it can go off to the typesetters. My aim is to make the story as good as it can possibly be before I commit to print (or e-ink), so there will be some discussions and editing to be done over the next few months. Consequently, it’s far too early to give a publication date, but I’m hoping that it will be available in Spring or Summer 2014.
And what about Springer’s future? Well, a third story already exists in draft form (but it’s much too early to talk about that!)