It’s been a big month!

I’m working hard to finalize the manuscript for my new book, which I’m excited to hand over to Tamarind Hill Press very soon. A long journey is finally coming to an end. I know the Vikings who tried to settle Newfoundland – and ran up against the native people who lived there – was something I wanted to do since I started writing fiction, but it took me forever to come up with an interesting story to go with it. 2017, I finally clicked: wrote two drafts and hated them both.

So, I took some time to write Might Mary, which I’m glad I did because it was such a rich learning experience for me that I couldn’t help but come back to my Viking novel. However, 2019 just wasn’t the year. I’d gone to New York and that’s always a recipe for a massive influx of ideas. I wrote four original first drafts over the course of 2019, and didn’t have a chance to come back to a new draft of my new novel until the last few months.

But I’m happy to say I’m back on track and very nearly there! Watch this space…

Reading a departure from my normal fiction of late.  My review for The Master and Margarita is up on Goodreads and my thoughts on Half Moon Lake by Kirstin Alexander are up as well. I don’t think I’ll ‘review’ Caroline Criado Perez’s Invisible Women, however. It’s really not my place. I will, however, post a comprehensive list of things I learned from reading it, in the hope that it might inspire some other men – particularly men in positions of power – to think again about how we perceive the world.

What are you reading at the moment?

Best wishes,

M