So, the second Drakenfeld novel is complete – as much as these things ever are at this stage. The final draft has been sent to my agent to be whizzed through to my editor’s inbox. Only one week past the deadline…
I’ll probably not say anything about the book itself, given the first Drakenfeld novel is still on pre-order. Suffice to say, I think I’m enjoying the main characters, and I’m still having fun within the crime-fantasy hybrid genre. Ideally I want each of the novels to represent a different kind of crime story, so they each feel very different: the first was a locked-room mystery; this one is going to be something else; I like the idea of embracing a classic spy novel for the third, and so on. They’ll each be self-contained stories, too, which is much more preferable to writing a linear series.
Suffice to say, I’m relieved to have handed it in. I’m getting married at the end of the month, so I now have a few weeks to dedicate the mental space to that entirely. Anyway, for now, I’ll leave you with a picture of me at the weekend, picking strawberries in the Cotswolds, which was a rather lovely thing to do. And I only snacked a small few while we were in the field…
I’ll probably not say anything about the book itself, given the first Drakenfeld novelis still on pre-order.
Exactly! I’m glad you were close to deadline all the same
Pretty damn close, yeah. To be honest, I’m not sure I’ve ever been late before.
This is one of those posts that leaves me thinking, “man that Mark has got to be bloody happy with how his life is going at the moment.”
Rob – must admit, I can’t complain. 🙂 Thanks!
Not to ask about plot details, but any idea when this will come to print? Loved the first one, don’t want to wait for the second =)
Thanks for stopping by and I’m glad you liked Drakenfeld! The second book is scheduled for October 2014, but there will – hopefully – be a short story being released in a couple of months or so, which is set a few years before the current narrative…