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Publication has been set for Monday 25th June 2018, the book will be available from Amazon priced @ £2.25/$2.99.
During an email exchange with author Emily Gee (see post November 11, 2017) regarding the unusual coincidence of the name ‘Harkeld’, I mentioned that despite the passage of time I hadn’t released my book ‘Falgorin’ for publication. It is entirely thanks to her encouragement that I decided to retrieve the manuscript, dust off the vocabulary and grammar and publish it. Fortunately, somewhere along the line I’d had the good sense to transfer it from the original 5.25″ floppy disks to the 3.5″ variety. Having acquired an external floppy drive, my PC hasn’t had one for 10 years or more, I expected to be able to simply open the files and get to work. Unfortunately, I’d overlooked the fact that the book had originally been written using DOS based word-processing software to whit, WordStar. After much tinkering, I finally converted the files to a format that my current software can handle and set to. The result is that I expect to have it available from Amazon in time for Christmas and will post a more specific update nearer the time. For a sneak peek into the story, check out the Books page.
The manuscript is nearing completion of the final draft, so I'm quietly confident of a publication date in time for Christmas. Keep watching for future updates.
...and yet we both did. In my constant search for new authors (those whose work I haven't read) to add to my reading list, I came across Emily Gee and her 'Cursed Kingdoms' trilogy, for lovers of the genre these are a must read trio. Imagine my surprise when I began to read the first volume, 'The Sentinel Mage' to discover that Emily and I had both made up the same name, Harkeld. In an adult fantasy entitled 'Falgorin' that I wrote some 25 years ago, more of that on my Bio page, I had used the name for that of a fictitious country, she used it for the name of a central character in her trilogy. I emailed Emily to mention the strange coincidence and was delighted by her reply particularly when she told me that Harkeld was in fact the third name considered for the character but as she put it, it ended up being the one that stuck.
I was privileged to meet the international best-selling crime writer Peter James yesterday. I’m a great fan of his books particularly so because many of the plots are based in and around our shared home town of Brighton. Exchanging memories of the town made the pleasure of meeting a favourite and much respected author truly memorable for which I thank him.