I announced a while ago the sequel to What Happens in New York, What Happens in London. I had over 14,000 words written of it before I finished What Happens in New York. However, when I first came up with the plot for What Happens in London, I didn’t realise how complicated it would be.
I’ve since come to the conclusion that, in order to give the characters the breathing and growing space that they need, I’m going to split it into two parts: one will focus on Hollie and Astin, the other Fayth and Liam.
I haven’t decided yet if they will both be called What Happens in London parts one and two, or if they’ll have different names. That’s something I can figure out as I continue to write their stories.
In theory, doing it this way also means that I can get the books out sooner, as there won’t be as many threads to weave together in the space of 100,000 words.
However, to give myself the breathing space that I need, I’m going to focus more on my poetry and non-fiction for now.
To put it bluntly, there’s just not much money in fiction. I make about 40-50p per copy sold (print and digital), and the book sales haven’t been great. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t expect them to be, but when trying to carve a long-term writing career, I have to think of the bigger picture. That picture most definitely includes continuing this series, but when I’ve been living with Hollie and Fayth for so long, I don’t want to neglect them or rush out anymore of their stories. I hope, as a fan of their story, you’ll understand.
In the meantime, I’ll be blogging more, working on my poetry collections. finishing my upcoming email course, and editing my first non-fiction book, Productivity for Writers!
Oh, and there’s one more thing…
My debut poetry collection will be called The Monsters in my Head!
The Monsters in my Head is all about the inner demons that we face every day. Our body turning against us as we age; our mind turning against us just because, and the pressures we put on ourselves to be perfect.
I have another poetry collection planned – which you may have noticed me mention on social media – called Revenge of the Redhead. However, after looking through the poems for both collections, I feel the poems for Revenge of the Redhead need more work, so I’d rather shareThe Monsters in my Head with you first.
Right, I think that’s everything. I’d better get cracking!