Blog January 2015
Catching up with the News
The last six months have raced by. The Darkest Hour was two weeks in the top 10, a month in the top 20 and has been selling phenomenally well in hardback and e-book ever since and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all my readers for their fabulous support and feedback. It is wonderful to see all your comments and realise how much you have enjoyed reading the book. This one was obviously a bit different, the setting in a much more modern era than I usually write about and many of you have shared memories of fathers and grandfathers experiences of the Battle of Britain which have been so moving to read. I read every one, sometimes with tears in my eyes at the intensity of the memories. At the same time I have been shocked by how little some younger people seemed to know about the Battle of Britain or the last war in spite of the Nazis being such a popular selection for GSCE history topics. In some case they had never heard of it at all. I hope the tributes to Sir Winston Churchill this week on TV and in the papers will show them something of what was happening in the 1940s.
As for me I have made that huge transition now which every novelist, in fact every writer, must make every so often. I have put The Darkest Hour behind me, at least as far as writing goes and started on the next novel. The synopsis is written. The character cards are pretty much filled up and the actual story is on its way. It is always so hard to cut the umbilical cord to characters with whom one has lived so intensely, literally morning noon and night, for the best part of two years. Evie and Tony and Lucy have had a particularly strong hold on me for obvious reasons and they will of course jump back into the front of my mind in March when the paperback is published and I find myself talking about them again. Then it will be the turn of the guys in the new book for the back burner. I don’t think they are going to permit that for very long though. They are a strong-minded bunch. Watch this space ...