First, The Girl Who Never Came Back has been out for about a week. It was a total departure from my usual style, being not only a little shorter than usual but also completely avoiding the horror aspects. I enjoyed writing it, and I hope that people like it!
A few reviewers have commented on the fact that the main character, Charlotte, swears a lot. Well, I can’t deny it, it’s true. She swears like an effing soldier. The thing is, it’s a key part of her character, and it’s also part of her journey. At the start of the book, Charlotte swears frequently and her sister criticizes her for having a ‘potty mouth’. By the end of the book, their situations are reversed: Charlotte has toned her language down, while her sister is the one who’s swearing. This is intentional. Some of the character in my books do swear a lot, but there’s always a reason for it. It’s certainly not intended to be gratuitous!
Moving on, December will see the conclusion of the Ward Z series, about a zombie outbreak in an isolated hospital ward. There’ll also be the beginning of a new Abby Hart series, titled Vampire Asylum, which will see Abby confront an ancient evil. And there’s Finality, which is set in a futuristic world where humanity has begun to explore space. I’ve always wanted to write a kind of space opera series, and finally I worked out the story I wanted to tell. I’m planning three series of Finality, and each one will have a very different tone.
That’s the latest update! I guess we’re in the run-in to Christmas now, so things are gearing up. It was quite surprising to see how the US tradition of Black Friday seemed to become more visible in British stores the other day. Not that I’m complaining, of course. And now, the dog and I are going to hit the hay for the night!