It’s six months since I found a moment to visit this blog – well, I never promised to be a frequent blogger! 2018 saw a number of changes in my life – including a change of address (and all that led up to that and is still being unpacked and found places to live) and, far more exciting, publishing my first novel.
The move took place at the beginning of January – or rather, it concluded then. It meant winding up Honey Pot Books and moving a library (last October) with all the rest of the possessions (or clutter – depending on your viewpoint) on Jan 3rd. The book launch took place in early November, since when sales have been amazing and people have received the book very well. The story, based on the real life John Durdin – who ‘broke the bank’ in 1861 – follows his life from a teenager, to a notorious criminal, and explores how it all happened and how his downfall affected his family and friends. Famous names include Ford Madox Brown, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Octavia Hill and others active at this fascinating period in British history.
‘At a Stroke’ is available from HERE (go to Feed a Read for an extract or two). I also have copies for sale in the UK so contact me in the comments below for more details. The book is in 2 volumes (you need both!) each depicting portraits of John Durdin at different points in his life. Together they make a compelling read – comments include ‘I couldn’t put it down’, ‘I devoured the book’, and ‘I have reached the end of volume one and am opening volume two with some trepidation’.
So, 2019 has started with a new address and new goals. The next book is already under way – and I’ll be continuing with it just as soon as I can find my pen!