This is SWANS first outing into Leigh on Sea, Essex to promote the work of local authors and artists. Over twenty of us will be there at the community centre on the 19th September and as you can see from the flyer talks and demonstrations will be happening in addition to the usual stalls.
Although not taking part in the workshops, I am looking forward to meeting the public, talking about Lucy and Mark’s adventures and explaining the extent to which Canvey Island and Southend have inspired me to write my first trilogy.
Whether you just want a day out, or you’re looking for literary/artistic inspiration; or you’re an aspiring author/artist yourself – come and join us in Elm Road from 10 am – 4pm
Off to Brentwood tomorrow to do an interview plugging book two of the Secret of Aldwych Strand Trilogy. You can listen to it live (should you so wish) from 1pm (GMT) Monday on http://www.phoenixfm.com/listen-live/ or you can come back later when hopefully mine host will have sent me the podcast so you can listen at your leisure
Mark was hoping to go home. Not that home was up to much; but it was a bit more stable than jumping around in time. Unfortunately someone or something had other ideas. You see, he and Lucy are back on a pier – only it’s not Southend, nor is it 2013. It’s 1949 and the the Second World War hasn’t gone according to the way the teenagers remember it from history lessons.
The truism of every alternative time line and every scifi writer is a reality. The Nazis won the war in 1940 and are in control. To survive, the friends are going to need their wits about them. But that’s easier to say than do! Hitler knows about the time travellers and he has issued a very specific order: when they are found they are to be executed immediately.
While you don’t have to have to have read End of the Pier Affair to enjoy this new installment of Lucy and Mark’s time travelling adventure, it won’t hurt you know…
Published to coincide with the UK summer holidays, The 1949 Affair is the second book in the Aldwych Stand Trilogy, which will conclude next year with the Cut Throat Alley Affair.
Hi guys: Lucy and Mark’s next adventure is out next week. If you have any questions about their previous adventure – The End of the Pier Affair – or their latest travels in the 1949 Affair: post them below and I’ll do my best to answer them…
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Lucy and Mark’s adventures are nearing their end as I begin the research for the final tale. Provisionally titled the Cut Throat Alley Affair and set in the summer of 1888, our heroes (once again) have to stop the Armstrong Brothers from Killing Lloyd George. But this time there is a greater danger – Jack the Ripper is after Lucy.
And as this trilogy draws to a close, I started to think about the blog. What do I do with it? Where does it go next?
Because, I think I have caught this writing bug – big time.
You see, Mark and Lucy are not the only characters gossiping away inside my head. Symington Byrd a gentleman detective from the Golden Age of Crime Fiction is joined by a plucky east end side kick, Emily Davies; and they are regaling me with murders and puzzles galore. Not only do they have three books of their own to fill, but the research for their world needs to go somewhere.
Thus, the revamp. I hope you like it. As always it’s a work in progress, so do let me know if you think there’s anything I can add/change/ do.
I’ve been having quite a lot of problems with this book. One scene has been bugging me, causing me sleepless nights. And the difficult thing to explain is that it’s a scene that’s never going to be published. You see, while it’s relevant to the characters; it’s not relevant to the story.
Lucy is falling in love with the enigmatic Von Schmidt. It was always on the cards; indeed some might say from the moment he tells her they’re husband and wife, it was a forgone conclusion. She wants to take it further – well when you’re 18 hormones take over – but he seems reluctant, determined to remain her avuncular. He has his reasons. And at this point in the tale, he does not want them revealed.
But Lucy has stopped functioning. She refuses to cooperate with the re-writes, explain how she found out about the second entrance to the underground facility.
Something has to be sorted out between the two. But how to do it?
What to say?
And how as an author to hint and yet not show, nor even tell?
Perhaps, if Mark had been around and not a prisoner, there would have been a different solution. But Lucy has no best friend in which to confide her woes. She can’t ask the Madman of Leytonstone, and she can’t even ask Frances Stephenson ( a woman who should know how to go about these things) because Frances is dead.
Help comes from an unlikely source. Two throw away lines – chapters apart; and honour is satisfied.
This review is from: The End of the Pier Affair (The Secret of Aldwych Strand) (Kindle Edition)
One of the best reads I’ve had in a while. The characters move back and forth in time uncovering surprising twists and turns in our history. The characters are interesting and lively, the story takes you on a journey and urges you to read on until the end. Overall, ‘The End of the Pier Affair’ is a must read for teenagers and adults alike.