Next Steps – available!

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Next Steps: and other stories, my latest ‘invitation’ anthology of short stories is now available. This is a mixed-genre collection of fifteen stories, (no erotica included). The seven tales written by me are based on ‘dialogue prompts’ from fellow authors. The prompts are provided before each of those stories but they are not spoilers, which reinforces the idea that a snippet of conversation does not tell the whole tale.

What else have I been up to? 

I recently created paperback conversions of a few more of my eBooks. I’m pleased to say that I now have four paperback anthologies of short stories. My digital anthologies have twelve tales in them which means they wouldn’t be viable as paperbacks. Instead, I’ve spent time revisiting my short stories and arranging them into four collections, each of twenty tales.

As I’ve done with my other paperbacks, I’ve kept the price as low as possible, meaning next to nothing in royalties, but a reasonable price for the reader. There is no set theme or genre in any of these collections, and there is no erotica. For each of the four books, I’ve created a front cover depicting one of the stories and a rear cover which features a small graphic depicting another.

Sylvia: Beyond the Apocalypse, is a spin-off from my popular Light at The End trilogy. The first full draft of Sylvia is now complete and while the manuscript rests among my files I’ll be working on Codename: Foxglove. I may spend a few hours working with Crusader but the main work with Jason Knight and the other characters will be later in the year.

For those of you who like an insight, there are links to the blurbs and the first chapters of each of my new WIP novels at: https://tombensoncreative.com/work-in-progress/

 As always, comments are welcome.

Tom

Who is Sylvia?

Sylvia is the character who is occupying much of my time recently. When I wrote Light at The End, it was intended as a standalone, but although it was a fulfilling story to write, there was more to say, and so it became the first of a trilogy.

In much the same way, I ended the third book in the LaTE trilogy feeling that the job was done, and then while working on something completely different I was nagged by the thought that Sylvia’s story ought to be told. She made several appearances in Dark to Light (LaTE – Book 3), but it was more of a cameo role. By implication, Sylvia continued beyond the main story, and so I feel justified in giving her a starring role.

I’ve shelved my other two new novels while I devote many of my daylight hours to Sylvia. To tell one person’s story might be fun for the author, but it’s the reader’s satisfaction which ought to be the author’s primary aim. With this in mind, I’ve created a well-rounded back-story for my leading lady and, of course, there will be interaction with old and new characters in the wider arena of the post-apocalyptic world in which she lives.

Other projects will be tackled whenever I leave Sylvia aside for a regular ‘rest’.

The frontrunner in other work, and my next anthology, is Next Steps: and other stories. I now have my seven stories written to first draft stage, and next week I’ll revisit them to see where any early improvements might be made. I’ll leave them aside again until March and revisit before they go to beta readers.

In March, I’ll give a heads-up to those authors who suggested the ‘dialogue prompts’ which I used for my seven stories. This will hopefully provide the impetus for my guests to check out the submissions they are offering for the new collection. Publishing date at present might be as early as April or May.

What else have I been up to since this new year got underway?

I’ve been working hard to produce my novels as paperback versions and I now have the job done. I’ll be writing a dedicated post about the process, or as it became for me, the ‘journey’, but for now, I’ll give you a look at a few of my efforts. I’ll display the full range of my paperbacks in March.

As always, thank you for taking an interest in my work.

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