Most of you know by now that I am busily writing the long-awaited sequel to The Englishman. (At last you may say!). The first draft of the manuscript is now done, and I am working on my first edit. It’s going well, although this stage of writing a novel is my least favourite one, because it’s where you have to be strict with yourself. It’s mostly fact-checking and making sure all dates, time-lines and characterisations make sense. And of course the plot itself has to be exciting, but also believable.
Yesterday I had a bit of low moment, realising I had to cut a whole section of the book, but today here in London the sun is shining and I can see that the novel will be a much better one without those few chapters. Luckily the word count of the first draft is generous, so I don’t have add too much to the story. It’s all about, ‘Killing your darlings,’ as William Faulkner famously said.
But, for those of you who are not fellow authors, all the above must be boring, boring, so let’s get down to the reason for this blog post, and the title of my next novel. (Drumroll please…)
The sequel to The Englishman will be called:
The Navy Wife
I’m also delighted to announce that I’ll be working with a wonderful, talented, Finnish designer for the cover of The Navy Wife. I cannot wait to see how she interprets the story.