Greetings from the nerve center of the Skidian Chronicles creative department.
Like many people at this time of the year I have been enjoying the festive season and summer and taking a hiatus from anything relating to writing, the promotion of my books, and of course the day job. However, as it is the season for making commitments my thoughts have briefly turned to what I am going to do on the creative front this coming year.
Writing and releasing The Island in a twelve-month period between August 2018 and August 2019 was a huge effort which I don’t want to repeat until I have either retired or found a way to write full time. Ok, I hear the critics saying: the likelihood of either events coming to pass any time soon is on a par with pigs sprouting wings and taking flight!
Howsoever, because the creative process for me is part obsession, part therapy, I don’t really have a choice in the matter. I have a new project in mind which may or may not be related to the Skidian universe which I have been scoping out. To try something different I am also planning to serialize this via this newsletter, so keep an eye out for that
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From the truth is stranger than fiction files.
In The Lifeboat written in 2015 published in 2016, I created what I intended to be a minor character loosely based on a US Presidential Candidate, who for decades had been an agent of a ‘foreign’ power. The character is ruthlessly exploited by shadowy deep state forces who successfully conspire to put a puppet President in the White House. As the series evolves, these forces proceed to reshape the domestic and international political landscape to the consternation of those who had voted him into office.
Nek minute what happens? Allegedly thanks to the meddling of a foreign power and America has an administration in place nobody, probably including the new President himself, believed could happen.
This has provided me with a rich vein of subject matter to mine and I have had a lot of fun with this theme in the subsequent books in the Skidian Chronicles series. Read all about my version of events in The Lifeboat and the following two books in the series.
What am I reading now?
The Culture series by Iain Banks-I’m up to book eight.
What am I looking forward to reading?
Humans: A Brief History of How We F*cked It All Up by Tom Phillips
Bruce and his alter ego Keith
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