Merry Christmas!

Wishing everyone who reads this a wonderful festive season!

I haven’t been around on here at all this year, due to a job change and Uni studying, and most importantly Wifey & I adding a son to our family – hectic, as you can imagine, but so very worth it. Our little Poppet Freya is the best big sister to the new little clan member: Coleden.

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Due to the above, I have – alas! – not been able to finish book four on time (or at all) and I have no idea when it will be done. Certainly not in the foreseeable future. Apologies to those readers who have kept up with the series, your support has been awesome, but my Environmental Science degree and family must come first. I’m sure you understand.

The climate crisis is one of the main drivers for my studies, as well as wanting to work in a field I feel passionate about, which is why I have also started working outdoors after fourteen years as an optical technician. Being a groundskeeper has allowed me to sow two wildflower meadows and put up twenty four(!) nest boxes at work, to try and increase the biodiversity and numbers of birds (and other wildlife) in the grounds I now spend so much time in.

This is not to say I have fallen out of love with fiction and writing, I haven’t, but my priorities have changed and my life away from the writing scene has too. I remain in constant contact with many of my writing friends, from my closest: The Fantasy Five, to many, many others, via Twitter, WhatsApp and Instagram (I no longer frequent Facebook). I am also eager to return to writing in the future.

Anyhow, this blog post was off the cuff and rushed (sorry) due to the hectic life I have mentioned, but I wanted to post it and let folk who will read it (there’s bound to be one out there – hi mum!) that I’m still alive and kicking and, one day not a million years from now, I hope to return to writing the Black Powder Wars, some other projects I put on hold, and this blog.

Well then, that’s that done and I hope you all have a wicked-good 2020 (how futuristic)!

All the best,


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