What next?

I have just finished reading 'Saint Odd' Dean Koontz's final novel in the Odd Thomas series. I know it's been around awhile now but I've always paced my reading of these books simply because I knew they would come to an end someday. Now that for me they have I'm filled with mixed emotions, a sense of loss at the prospect of there never being another Odd Thomas story to read tempered by the feeling that despite the way in which the tale came to a close, Mr Koontz managed to invoke a sense of boundless possibility not just for his characters but for all mankind. If you are not familiar with the novels I heartily recommend their mix of horror, humour and more than a dash of humanity.

Looking back in time.

I guess like most authors, our descriptive narrative is often drawn from life's experiences as I know mine is. With my current teen/YA novel 'Medieval Mayhem' focused not surprisingly on medieval times I've found my thoughts drifting back to visits I've made to sites from that period in time or even earlier. A recent re-visit to Malta's walled city of Mdina, its capital Valletta and harbour defences at Fort St Angelo have all provided a wealth of information to be drawn upon as I write. A trip around the Irish republic whilst working there several years ago took me to the castle at Bunratty to partake of a medieval banquet which I believe is still  offered, something I highly recommend. From there I journeyed on to Blarney Castle by way of the Dingle peninsular and some of Ireland's most beautiful scenery. Lying upside down in the pouring rain on a grey St Patrick's day to kiss the 'Blarney Stone' is not for the fainthearted. My Irish colleagues on my return to Dublin were nevertheless pleased by my efforts claiming that the 'Stone' had long needed re-charging. I'm not entirely sure what they were implying.

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Falgorin – Scrying Glass Worlds

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.

Update – Medieval Mayhem

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.

You couldn’t make it up…

...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.

Lunch with Peter James

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.