Hi, folks! Today, I thought I’d take some time to share a few quick updates about where I am with stuff and what I’m currently working on. It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these and I actually find these crazy helpful to focus myself, so bear with me. There’s a lot to go through. Let’s go.
Netflix and Kill: This is the second book in the Leipfold series and the follow-up to Driven. I know a bunch of you guys are keen to read more and the good news is that it’s back with my editor for the third and final pass of editing. I’m hoping to have it out towards the end of summer.
Jailed and Other Stories: This is my working title for a book of short stories that acts as a sort of prequel to the Leipfold books and which investigates the detective’s past. I’ve finished the first draft of it and my own initial read through, so now I just need to wait until we’ve finished editing Netflix and Kill so we can start to edit this one.
Meat: A horror novel set on a factory farm. I’m still writing the first draft on this one but it’s pushing 105,000 words and I’d estimate it’s somewhere between 80 and 90% complete. I’m hoping to finish the first draft before I turn 29 in June. Before then, if possible.
Wycombe Sound: This isn’t a book, but it is quite exciting. I’ll be appearing on Wycombe Sound, the local radio station (which you can also listen to online), once a month to talk about books and stuff. The next date is Thursday 17th May and I’ll be on Planet Clare at 9 PM. Be sure to tune in!
BookTube: I’ve talked a lot about this over the last few months, but I just wanted to give you a little update to let you know that I’m still posting a video a day and loving it. My channel’s been growing a lot this year, which is super exciting, but what’s even more exciting is that I can see people watching my videos and then going to pick up the books that I recommended. That happens with SocialBookshelves.com too, but the results are less visible, less tangible. Be sure to subscribe to my channel if you want to stay up-to-date.
Memoirs: My next major project will be my memoirs, or at least what I guess will be the first part of them if I live long enough. But I’ve hatched plans and sketched out the outline of a book which is basically about my life to date but told through the books I’ve read, the authors I’ve met and the adventures I’ve been on. There’s actually a surprising amount to talk about.
Leipfold Book #4: I haven’t started writing this one yet, but I have finished planning it out and it even has the tentative title of Boys in Blue. I will be working on it at some point, probably towards the end of the year, but there’s no major rush on it as even if I had it written right now, it’d still have to go into the queue of stuff that I have for my editor.
The Real Monsters: This is the project that I’m currently planning, and it’s basically a cross between Spinal Tap and Lord of the Rings. That’s all I’m going to tell you about it right now because it’s still early days and I haven’t even finished fleshing out the characters, much less the plot. But I’m excited about it. I even have some grand plans for cool stuff like 3D printed figurines. Watch this space.
So there we have it: those are the primary projects that I’m currently working on. I’m super excited to share them all with you too, but of course I also need to put in a bunch of work to get it all done, and so I’d better head off and get started. I’ll see you soon.