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…what lies behind that book cover?
Have you ever wondered what lies inside,
the pages that took ages for the writer to write?
Is it romance, fantasy or something to fright?
What wonders will you miss, if you let it slip by?
A story to laugh at, or maybe to cry.
So take a chance and open the book,
go on don’t be shy,
and take a look.
The second book in the Silver Flute Trilogy, is on the way!
Sequel to Land of Midnight Days, Jeremiah’s journey continues.
Robbed from birth of his voice, Jeremiah Tully is nonetheless a musician of astonishing ability. Having fled after the demon wars to a place of tranquility, he must now return to the city and start all over again.
This time his journey will take him into The Gloaming, a world steeped in perpetual twilight and filled with tormented souls, trapped forever in semi darkness.
Apart from a fertile imagination, what other “tools” does a writer need? For me it’s my netbook, pictured above, along with pens, notepads and some peace and quiet.
In a way I suppose I’m a bit of a dinosaur, in that I still write out my manuscripts by hand, before typing them into my netbook or computer. I’m also an obsessive collector of pens, three of which are also shown above.
From left to right, the first is a standard ballpoint, followed by my green dragon pen and finally my red and gold dragon fountain pen. Yes, I like dragons, quite fitting for a writer of speculative fiction
Almost everything I’ve ever written is contained in numerous notebooks, of all sizes, designs and colours. These are my “tools”, without which I couldn’t function as a writer. Like most authors I carry a notebook, or pad, along with various pens, everywhere I go. You never know where or when ideas will strike, so best to be prepared.
The last chapter has been written and the end of the story sealed off; now it’s time to edit. For me this is the best part of the writing process. To craft, sculpt and refine the whole, is a thing of joy and immense satisfaction. To put flesh on the bones of the story and see it truly spring to life under your fingers, as they skip and hop across the keyboard, is to feel the very essence of creativity. Is there any other feeling like it? For me the answer is no.
Bringing to fruition the second of my Silver Flute Trilogy is a great achievement, because I wasn’t sure I could keep the original characters both the same and yet have them also evolve. I was afraid that any new characters I introduced wouldn’t add to the story and help it continue its journey into the third book, but I think I’ve achieved both these things. How do I feel about that? Simply wonderful.
“Kill your darlings” is a common piece of advice given to writers. What it means, I suppose, is that when a character has run their course, it’s time to let them go. It isn’t an easy maxim to follow, but sometimes it has to be done.
That said, in speculative fiction, it’s easy enough to bring a character “back from the dead”, but only if doing so enhances the story and not because the writer can’t bear to be parted from one of their creations.
In my latest WIP, Through the Gloaming, I’ve had to make the decision to let some of the characters go, for two reasons. First, as mentioned above, they’ve run their course. Second, I want to introduce new characters and don’t want to confuse readers with too many names and faces. So they’re gone and while I’m sad to see their departure, there’s always the chance that at least one of them will make a reappearance in the third book of The Silver flute trilogy.
So, so long and farewell, my dear friends, but life and plot move on.