Tales of Flynn and Reilly

The Potato Famine

Sometimes the obvious is staring you in the face. As many of you are aware, New York Orphan is intended to be the ‘first’ in a series of novels that trace the life of Daniel Flynn. I’m currently working on the second in the series and many of you keep asking when it will be ready. For a number of very good reasons it is behind schedule, but I do have some good news.

All the writing advice I have been reading for a while has suggested that the best way to get new readers into reading a series is to offer something relevant for free. New York Orphan is already out in the market and doing quite well so my dilemma was what to do. Then I stopped and thought about some of the questions you’ve all been asking me. Of course, you all want to know what happens next, but many of you have also asked what happened before. What drove the family to set sail for New York in the first place? Now, that’s what I’m working on at the moment!

The book will be a novella rather than a full-length novel and will pick up Daniel’s family story the Christmas before they set sail. You’ll get the chance to meet Uncle Patrick and his fiddle, and Uncle Seamus who would wager on anything, as well as getting a better understanding of life during the potato famine in Ireland. The book already has a title, but you will have to wait a while for me to tell you what it is.

Once again, apologies to my family. The Irish music will be playing on the background and while I’m not writing I might just be singing along.

New York Orphan is available HERE

Just over a month into the year

Well we’re just over a month into the year and it’s going well.

The Complete Entlebucher Mountain Dog Book is being well received and I have found some of the comments truly humbling. I’ve had requests to translate it into other languages, which is something I may consider, but not yet.

I’m making good progress with the second in the Flynn and Reilly series. Thank you to everyone who keeps asking when the next one is ready. It’s great to know that I can’t sit back and relax, because you’re all waiting. I’m just over 5000 words in and have sent the opening off to two forthcoming competitions. I’ve also submitted New York Orphan to a competition for published titles. If the reviews so far are anything to go by, then it has to be in with a good chance.

I’m looking forward to running sessions on generating ideas at the York Festival of Literature and on both Publishing and Mind Mapping at Swanwick Writers Summer School in August. I’m also looking forward to later in the year when the York Museum Trust Book Group plan to read New York Orphan and I shall be attending their discussion on the book.

Now back to the writing before you all tell me off!