Ever since being a kid, English was always my favourite subject at school.
The only homework I ever enjoyed was being given the first line of an essay and then having to write a story off the back of it. Alas, my teacher always put a 500 word limit on essays – a number I found nearly impossible to stick to.
Based on my passion for English, I was always reading when not doing homework and I came to the conclusion that I should have a go at writing a novel. It was 1982 and I was 18 years old. I grabbed a stack of lined A4 sheets and began to handwrite a storyline. This was the beginning of what would later become Jewel Agenda. I wrote about 40 sides of A4 and then the project faded.
In 1989 I lost my mother and my priorities shifted radically. I managed to secure a job in Australia and after 18 months in Melbourne, I then moved to Sydney for three years. When I wasn’t working, I was driving and this Australian experience would prove invaluable years later.
Returning to the UK, more years rolled by until 2012 when I lost my father. My work generously gave me a month off and from somewhere I found the A4 sheets I’d handwritten 30 years earlier and transferred them to my laptop. There were 20,000 words. Carrying on from this point, Jewel Agenda became something real. The first three chapters are virtually identical to what I wrote in 1982. The other twenty nine chapters were all written after 2012.
Australia was never intended to be part of the original storyline but following my experiences, it became the focal point of the whole plot. Nearly everywhere quoted are places I’ve visited and fortunately, my English teacher didn’t limit my word count.
So, Jewel Agenda took over 30 years to write and I had already decided it would be the first in a trilogy. The sequel, Jewel Intentions, was published in 2018 and took 18 months to write. Running in parallel , I had began writing the final part of the trilogy, Jewel Conclusions, but as the story progressed, it became clear I needed a 4th book to do the story justice. So, the trilogy became the quartet!
The 3rd book is now called Jewel Control and is on schedule to be in print for the end of August 2019. The cover design is finished and can be seen on the 'Books' tab and the 'Blog'.
The 4th book, Jewel Outcome, is half complete and I am planning on having this in print early next summer.
And what then? A friend of mine suggested prequels on the main characters up to the start of Jewel Agenda.
We'll see. I like the idea but I might have a break for a while......