Sunday 23rd August 2020
Last year, when I started work on Light at The End: Surviving the Apocalypse, it was my first post-apocalyptic novel and if I had one worry it wasn't about 'sales', it was regarding reviews. Unless an author is a household name, the cash return from books does not require an accountant to track and assimilate. Even now, the aforementioned title only has a handful of reviews but I'm delighted with the findings of those readers.
In the final paragraph of Light at The End, I left the door open for a follow-up, and in July 2020 I published Light to Dark: Light at The End - Book 2. Once again, sales have been steady so far, rather than astronomical but I'm encouraged because the trend is upward. This is good news for any book by any author but the good news for readers is that I'm working hard to complete what is to be a trilogy. Dark to Light: Light at The End - Book 3 is well underway and I aim to publish in November 2020. This doesn't mean there is any rush. I write full-time and I will still afford this third part the regular 'resting' periods of one or two weeks between drafts.
It's a mark of how common zombies are in post-apocalypse stories that those characters have been mentioned in more than one of my reviews so far. Notably, you will not find zombies in my trilogy because my intention was always to aim squarely at realism and possibilities rather than the perceived threat of the undead walking the streets. I look forward to seeing how well the trilogy is received when all three books are available.
Time after Time and other stories, my latest anthology is available. This book contains thirteen submissions from guest authors and six stories from me. All of the stories are originals and written specifically for this collection.
My brief to my fellow scribes was 'anything except erotica' and they made a great effort. The collection contains humour, second chances, vengeance, karma, fact-based fiction, factual, sci-fi, suspense and more. It is not intended as a money-spinner but as a platform for my guest authors--a bargain at only 99p/99c.
- Shadow: and other stories. will be my next personal collection. The twelve stories are completed and at an advanced stage. I'll continue working on them occasionally until they're ready for beta reading. The collection should be available by December 2020.
- Codename: Foxglove is a sequel to Codename: Nightshade so once again Rachel Donoghue (Nightshade) is in action, but now alongside Dominique McEwan (Foxglove). Various characters from the popular Beyond The Law trilogy will make an appearance. Codename: Foxglove is due publication in 2021.
In an experiment, during 2019 I produced erotica titles under the pseudonym Katya Cumming. I'm delighted to report that without publicity or ad campaigns 'Katya's' books have continued to sell regularly. New titles have continued to be published under this name and Katya now has eleven titles available. My aim is a 'dirty dozen' novels and one book of short stories ... the anthology is already out there; Reunion: and other erotic stories.
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