It's been nine months since I last wrote made a blog entry and for the last six months I've done very little writing at all. But, as of this week, I'm back in the saddle (so to speak) and chomping at the bit.
So, what's kept me away from being Marc Nobbs for so long? Simple. Family.
My wife gave birth to our second child back in January and as any parent knows, those first six months of your baby's life are hectic with a capital H but at the same time not something to be missed. My little girl is gorgeous (although my opinion in this matter may be biased), bright as a button and my wife, my son and I have been doing everything we can to make sure she's a happy baby to boot.
And she is. Ask any father and he'll tell you that the look of adoration his daughter gives him is heart-melting. It's a look of absolute trust and love - like she knows that you're going to do everything in your power to make sure no know ever hurts her.
So you'll understand if I took time out of my online existence as Marc Nobbs to focus on that feeling. Oh, and trying to make sure that big brother doesn't feel left out or pushed aside by the new arrival has been pretty time-consuming work too. Still, his golf swing is really coming along for a six-year-old and I'm hopeful that he'll provide me with a decent pension once he's on the tour. (That's a joke, by the way - I'm not that heartless)
But, I'm now all set to resume (or should that be to really start) work on book two of the Tutelam Venit series, which is sub-titled "A Tortured Soul". I've written about 10,000 words so far - probably about a tenth of the whole book. I've also got the plot sketched out, although as with any work planned in advance it'll be subject to change as things push on and the characters get their own say in what happens.
The first book, "A Good Man" exceeded all my hopes for it. The response from readers on StoriesOnline flooded in - most of them very positive about the book - and the book very quickly became by far my best ever seller at Amazon & Smashwords and even outstripped the combined sales from all the books I released through Phaze.
But as anyone who's read "A Good Man" will know, the ending is pretty bleak and the epilogue makes it clear that things will get worse for Paul before they get better. As the sub-title suggests, "A Tortured Soul" will be a much darker book than its predecessor and I expect that large chunks of it will be quite tough to write. But I'll plough my way through it as best I can. I'll revise and edit it to make it the best it can be and release it for the world to consume as and when it's ready. Hopefully, that won't be too long a wait.