Life isn’t like that – we can turn corners and take the road less travelled, and that’s what I’m doing with my writing next year. A change is as good as a rest, they say. After seven more or less crime fiction novels, my next two are anything but crime. Come to that, they aren’t novels, either.
At the beginning of this year, I started to write a feel-good story set in Switzerland, with the idea of possibly doing a magazine series. It’s almost a decade since I’ve been published in a mag, and I reckoned the work would be a good contrast to my psych. suspense books. But very soon I realised I was writing a novella. Then I thought, The Saturday Secret is maybe a touch lonely on the fabulous Fabrian Books website…
Long story short, this coming February, my first novella A Lake in Switzerland will be published – BIG thanks here to all at Fabrian Books – and will be followed shortly afterwards by A Spa in Switzerland. I’m working on number three, Trouble in Switzerland now. All are novellas, and each is a finished story within the series. The main character is reluctant nurse Stacy, and – best of all for me – the setting is right here on Lake Constance in N.E. Switzerland.
Over the winter I’ll be sharing the cover art (which is going to be fabulous), and more details about publication.
In addition to this, we’ll need to re-jig the website to accommodate all this feel-good stuff. Not sure how that’ll work out, but my website manager (aka Son 2) will doubtless have some ideas. Having an IT professional in the family has its advantages…
And after the novellas? My editor and I are working on another full-length novel too. It isn’t feel-good, but it isn’t exactly crime fiction either. I’m quite excited to see how it progresses!
More book news – The Attic Room is on an Amazon deal this weekend, just 99p/c, UK and US only this time. (An international deal is coming over Christmas.)
And last week I spotted Ward Zero and Death Wish side by side in the charts – first screenshot of these two together!