I love this time of year when the clocks change, the evenings start getting lighter and the garden is full of daffodils. Here’s what I’ve been getting up to this month.
The big news for March was that I finally published my third novel, Scarborough Fair. It’s always a bit of an emotional roller-coaster sending a book out into the world. It’s exciting to think that I’ve created this, but also scary as I wonder what readers will make of it! Well, it’s done now, so no point worrying too much! In the meantime, I’ve tried to stay focused on writing Scarborough Book Two. I wish I could come up with a title for it. The manuscript is now at 48,000 words. Looking back I see that at the end of February it was only 35,000 words, so although progress has felt grindingly slow at times, I’m actually quite pleased with how it’s moving forwards.
As always I’ve had my nose in a book for much of the month. I tackled the enormous tome that is Insomnia by Stephen King. I wasn’t sure about it at first, but it turned out to be quite a page-turner. I loved the protagonists, Ralph and and Lois, a couple of septuagenarians forced into action by the strange events in their small town. Murder by Misrule by Anna Castle is a fast-paced murder-mystery set in Elizabethan London with lots of twists and turns and lively characters. The Company of Fellows by Dan Holloway is a dark psychological thriller set in Oxford University with loads of atmosphere and some big surprises at the end. I finished the month with Robert Galbraith’s (J.K. Rowling’s) second Cormoran Strike novel The Silkworm, a wonderfully complex crime novel about the book world.
We’ve been whiling away the evenings re-watching the old 1981 adaptation of Brideshead Revisited starring Jeremy Irons, Anthony Andrews and Diana Quick – pure indulgence! The images might be a little grainy, but it’s a monumental production with fabulous actors and beautiful music. Here’s a little taster for you to enjoy.