For the last couple of months I’ve been busy knocking my fifth book into shape. It’s a book I wrote in 2013 that has sat on my computer since. I had always hoped and dreamed that one day I might be in a position where I could send it to a publisher, not that I hadn’t tried before. It was rejected a few times and I received a strong negative response to the idea behind the plot line by an agent at an RNA meeting I attended in London.

That’s when I set it aside and wrote Stone Angels, a crime novel. At the time I was writing The Phoenix Hour crime novels were on the rise in popularity, where sci-fi novels weren’t. The Phoenix Hour is set in the future and is a time-travel novel. The main theme is about the struggle of women and their sense of having no power over their own lives. I had hoped by using a time-travel plot line, it would highlight the fact that nothing has really changed much for women. That the same old attitudes towards us still exist in the world today as it was in the past. Though my novel isn’t a protest statement, but just a work of fiction. There are, of course, other themes running through the book, too.

Doctor Louise Brimstone finds herself caught between a rock and a hard place as she tries to solve a problem created by the research company she works for, Hartley Research Centre of Excellent. The company is a world leader in genetics. Louise hoped she could escape the growing problems in her own time by creating a new life for herself in the past. It is only then she discovers that she has in fact walked blindly into a common situation most women find themselves in, and then realises it’s too late to save herself.

I’m hoping to have the book ready for submission by the end of November. Then I can give one hundred percent of my creative time to working flat out on my first Granny Wenlock novel. I just needed to focus 100% on The Phoenix Hour as it completes the set of the first three books which were my learning curve to become the writer I am today.

I’m not sure what the book cover will look like, but I love this image.

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