I hope all of you are coping out there – spending most of your time indoors isn’t always much fun. But it doesn’t bother me that much. For one thing, being a writer, I work from home anyway. For another, I don’t mind being alone. By that I don’t mean that I don’t enjoy being with people – family friends or even relative strangers but I can be happy alone.
When I was a child my mother used to say two things when people asked about me. The first one was ‘He always has his head in the clouds!’. By that she meant I was always in a dream and not always concentrating on the world immediately around me. She was right and I still get in trouble for being like that. People get annoyed when you go off into a dream and don’t concentrate on everything that they say. But I am a writer and that’s what writers sometimes do. Their dreams can be more important to them than real life!
The second thing she told people was that I was ‘the cat that walks alone!’ It was because there was an old series of cartoons about ‘Felix the Cat’ which I used to enjoy. So yes, I can walk alone. Just pacing around the house or in the garden helps me to dream up new stories. I read a lot too – sometimes about a book a day as well as writing. So that helps me to keep boredom at bay.
My new Spooks book, ‘Brother Wulf’ was published on April 16th. But you have to write the next book and finish it a year ahead of its actual publication date. So, I have just finished the first draft of another Brother Wulf book which (for now) is called ‘Doorways to the Dark’ Of course that title might change and, once my editor has read it, I will be working to improve and polish that story. That will probably be published in April 2021.
I have another project too – another book almost completed. Maybe I’ll tell you more about it in my next blog. I like it but it is a lot different than the Spooks books.
So, enjoy yourselves! Read a lot now whilst you’ve got the time. I’ll just keep on walking and dreaming and writing!