Author’s Note: As you all know, I’m in the business of making things up. However, real life can be just as extraordinary. Here is my latest conversation with a WordPress friend regarding her blog post and its redistribution. I use an app called Buffer. The conversation went as follows.
As I’m sure some of you will have noticed, I’ve been rather more absent from the blogging world of late than normal. The reason for this is my writing. I’m only really happy when I’m writing and due to external factors I don’t want to talk about, I’ve poured myself into it lately. The result is a lot of words. So, I apologise for not getting around to as many of your wonderful blogs as I would like and wanted you to know that it’s not that I don’t care. I do. However, due to the books that are now begging for my full attention, it’s only going to get worse. This is why:
Into Eternity the climax to The Eternals Trilogy has been submitted to my publisher TODAY. I would hope this will hit the shelves very soon. This is the culmination of almost five years work and a story I am very proud to call my own. You won’t ever have read anything like it. Not many people can say that in the world of Fantasy authors, but I can.
Britannia Unleashed is also almost ready to go. Britannia Unleashed started life as individual Steampunk/Alternate History short stories. Fortunately, due to having a terrible memory, I reused the same characters in multiple tales. All of these have now been collated and rewritten into one unfolding drama. There are a few finishing touches to be made but not many. Because I actually started with some of these shorts long before The Eternals, the characters have become quite dear to me. Hence, I found myself writing more, then more still and suddenly realised I’d thousands of pages of extra tales. So, I can now also say that Britannia Unleashed will spawn a second trilogy of Fantasy books tentatively titled The Theatre of the Moon Trilogy fronted by the Victorian investigator Mortimer Headlock and his good friend Miss Grace Grace.
The Snow Lily was the story that got me noticed but also almost killed me through exhaustion. I kid you not. I couldn’t bear to even look at it once it’d won me my Authonomy Gold Medal. However, the children in the book, Lily and Bobby, have slowly worked their magic on me. The Snow Lily is now being completely rewritten to the higher standards I have set myself and I’m pleased to say I’m enjoying it. Thank you all who told me to get on with it when I alluded to what the book had done to me some months ago. I wouldn’t have gone back to it without your encouragement.
Writing these stories makes me happier than anything I’ve ever done. I was born to write but just didn’t have the courage to do so for the longest time. I’m too old to mess about with regrets, plus I need to earn to eat, so from now on the writing will have to come first. I hope you all understand, and that I shall still do my utmost to see as many of your wonderful blogs as I can when I can.
Your friend always
Richard M. Ankers
Author of The Eternals Series
Into Eternity (Coming Soon)