The first Jenny Parker novel, Due Diligence, was published a couple of years ago and sold (is selling!) remarkably well. I’d actually use the word spectacular in this context and not be overstating the facts.
This triumph seems now but a distant memory. Once I had a readership, writing took on a more urgent quality.
Still, it’s nice to take a trip down memory lane.
I’m reproducing the early designs for the cover, both of which I liked. Obviously we eventually settled for the one you see at the side of this blog and I’m glad we did. It provides a style that can be continued over the four novels in the series.
So, the fourth Jenny Parker novel is on its way. What actually started as a writing exercise is now a series. There was me thinking that Due Diligence was only a bit of practice before I returned to the fantasy/science fiction. I’ve been wrong before, but not quite as mistaken as this.
Now my novels have to be written to a deadline. No more absently admiring the word count and being very proud that I managed a book a year.
The fourth Jenny Parker novel, Critical Analysis, will need rewriting, editing, all that kind of thing. Fortunately, I have Dea Parkin www.fictionfeedback.co.uk to help. She did a great job on the others and I’m hoping she’ll like Critical Analysis just as much.
It felt much better to be writing crime fiction after I consulted an astrologer. She told me the time for fantasy would come two and a half years later when something or other enters the house of something else. Now that time has passed and I’m well on with a cracking fantasy novel that’s giving me endless joy to write. And I’d completely forgotten what she said to me. How spooky is that?
For those of you raising eyebrows at me mentioning an astrologer, relax, please. I don’t run my life on the basis of a paragraph in the newspaper that must apply to a twelfth of the world’s population. I don’t actually believe in astrology but I do believe in Margaret Koolman. www.soulastrology.com
For fans of my crime fiction, I think that four Jenny Parker novels is plenty. It’s three more than I intended, after all. And you just might learn to love the fantasy books as well, you never know. Try asking an astrologer about it if you don’t believe me.