It’s now five years since my first collection of multi-genre short stories and two years since my most recent. Don’t repeat it too loud, but I also have erotic shorts. Now, armed with such random anniversaries, and a host of new ideas, I’m well on the way to releasing my next anthology.
What can be expected in One Man, Two Missions and other stories?
The use of firearms features prominently, and there will be more than one tale about hostage taking, but of course, those incidents don’t always end well for the kidnappers.
Police officers, special operatives, and soldiers of fortune make appearances with some strange outcomes.
For good measure, I’ve slipped in a sci-fi tale, only because it fits the general theme. There will be no steamy romance, erotica or humour.
When will the new anthology be published?
My target date is 6th July 2019.
As I tend to do with these stories, I will work on them, rest them, edit and rework until I’m content, and then they’ll be farmed out to a few beta readers for opinions and suggestions. A couple of the tales have been in my files for three or four years, but have undergone massive makeovers.
Reasons I’ve been drawn back to short stories are that I thrive on variety, and it’s good to break away from spending too long on the same project.
My priority and biggest WIP is my next thriller, Codename: Nightshade, which is coming along but to ensure it has an original feel I have reached the point where I have to leave it aside often. When using characters from a successful trilogy it’s essential to avoid the trap of reusing previous scenarios to create a credible standalone.
I would like to publish this thriller by the end of 2019, but it must be ready.
What have I got in store with the new anthology?
1. One Man, Two Missions – a tale of terrorism, and counter-terrorism
2. Hunter – a young gamekeeper is repaid for his devotion
3. A Fair Cop – the law works in mysterious ways
4. Target Practise – assassins should avoid role reversal
5. The Meeting – karma, it just comes around
6. Taken for a Ride – do your homework before kidnapping
7. Dealing with Conflict – a run leads to a run-in
8. Changing Tides – when all around is darkness …
9. The Hostage – impulsive decisions can be fatal
10. Finger of Suspicion – the small things matter
11. The Beginning of the End – how far would you go for science?
12. Escape – you must know when to get out
Why have these books taken so long to reach this point?
Over the past two years, I’ve been working on something special which I’ll blog about before the end of the year. The secret project has caused me to sideline several other things, but in my opinion, this serves to maintain a freshness to all of my work.
In the meantime, thank you for your visit, and your patience.