This is the sister website to Ian Wood's Novellum, my book review blog, and is the place to come for updates on my novels, for rambling about writing them, for sneak peaks and sample chapters, and for free downloads!
It's perennially under construction here because frankly, I'm more focused on writing than creating fancy websites, so there will always be something new and I'm less focused on maintaining this than I am on writing. I'm in a bit of a breathing space right where I can devote a little more time to getting this off the ground.
Please click on the white novel labels at upper right, to find out more about specific books that I've published.
So what am I working on now? (and why am I asking you?!)
I have too many novels in progress at one lowly stage or another at the moment (for certain constrained definitions of 'in progress' and 'at the moment'...and 'lowly stage'). The most advanced (for certain constrained definitions of 'advanced') of these are:
- Dystopian novel about a cop in a decaying London, set slightly in the future where crime and immorality vie for the alcohol-induced opposite of sobriquet (drunkiquet?) of 'leading vice'. This novel is now at the finish of its second-draft stage and is ready for a final read-through and edit. It's due out late August and will be available exclusively on B&N because, well, screw Amazon! (when I can!).
- While I take a brief hiatus from that novel I am back to working on Nature of the Beast which is set in the same world as Femarine, but two hundred years later and in a different nation than Femarine. It's due out in September if I can make that deadline! In this novel, Prince Benson is the second in line to the throne and his only concern is finding a cure for his stricken fiancée. Little does he know how little he does know. This novel is in its early stages and is maybe a a bit shy of a third completed. It's not projected to be a long story, but at least I have a plan, which for me is amazing! I'm thinking this might be the first novel I put out in serial form since it will be quite short.
- There is a third novel I have in mind, set in the same world as Femarine. This is titled Qué and I haven't started work on that yet, but I know what the story is to be. It's not only set in the same world, but also in very much the same time-frame as Femarine, but again it starts out in a different country. I hope that fans of Femarine (and I know there are some!) will love it. It's an LGBTQIA novel just as Femarine was.
- A Murder on the Orient Express parody! I've written only about 6k of this so far but fear ye not, parodies are easy for me. I'll try and have this ready for November, but I make no promises on this one.
- There is a Star Trek parody I hope to have out by Christmas, to complement the Star Wars parody I put out (yes, the fire was awful - always install smoke alarms in your reading material!) last December.
- 'Kidnapped' re-written for the modern age is just an idea so far.
- I woudl also like to bring up to speed my first draft of a novel set in England about a serial killer.
- The same applies to my first draft of a sci-fi novel about a aliens and Earth. Could I be more vague? Perhaps.
- Possible pair of novels, very loosely connected, about magic. I have ideas for both novels, but have written nothing of the other and very little of the one (maybe 6k so far).
- Possible pair of novels, closely connected, about a detective and her twin sister. I have begun work on the first chapter of both of these!
- A whole host (yes, because anything less would be a ho-ho) of other projects which may or may not ever come to fruition including a couple of Jane Austen-flavor stories I've been thinking about.
The first of The Little Rattuses series (The Very Amiable Tattuses)is completed and is now available for purchase, unfortunately on Amazon, but I will work on moving it to B&N soon.
Bass Metal is published and has garnered some extremely modest sales, for which I thank the purchasers! I hope you liked it. For myself, I was pleased with it, and I felt a real sense of bereavement when I had to say goodbye to the band members and move on to another project! I'd really fallen in love with them. This book is available now on B&N (and yes, ok, Amazon). It's a contemporary novel, but fans of Femarine should like thsi one, too.
Now I have to get back to writing! Writing! Writing! Alvays vith ze writing! Oh god, he's gone all central European on us. Now we'll never get him back....