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Black Run, and those lost

After a very long delay and numerous false starts of extraordinary length, BLACK RUN is finally on sale. To all of you who’ve been waiting patiently for the book – thank you. Your patience and understanding has helped a lot. The book was written long before certain events overtook me, and it’s proved sobering to compare personal reality with the fictional perspective that preceded it.

If you’ve been following this blog, then you’ll be aware I had things to attend to that mattered more than writing. My father had been ill for some time, and he finally passed away at the end of last month. I was very close to my dad, and I’ll have something more substantial and fitting to say about him in March, but for the time being, I’m coming to terms with a changed landscape.

A couple of months earlier, I also lost a dear friend, Sean Baggaley. It was a sudden death at an unfairly early age. Sean was one of the best writers I’ve ever known, a genuine polymath and a kind, funny, patient guy, and he’s very much missed. Again, I’ll have something more measured to say about him in a proper obituary in a few weeks.

I have no idea if I’ll ever return to the old schedule of three or four books a year, but I’m picking up speed again. Some people stop writing after life events: some write more. I appear to be in the “more” camp, but we’ll see. I’m working on a new comic series – more of that later – which is something of a departure for me because it’s traditional fantasy, albeit it with an untraditional twist. There’ll be another Ringer book next year as well in the shape of SACRIFICIAL RED. In the meantime, I might also write some shorter novels in various series that I’d put on a back burner, including some full-tar science fiction and even a fantasy.

Twitter, for all its flaws, became a very quick and painless way to stay in touch with at least some of my readers over the last couple of years when I lost the inclination and the time to blog. I’m going to have another stab at blogging regularly and see if this time I actually manage to mean it.

But for now, buy BLACK RUN, and enjoy.