I've been a bit quiet on here for a while, and for a few reasons. First of all, I wanted to complete and adult novel I started last February.
I had the idea for Aubrey Manson a few years ago, but every time I wrote it, it began to lean towards horror fiction. I put it off because horror fiction is a very difficult sell when it comes to publishers and agents. But, I couldn't let the story lie, and knew it would be better if I let it be what it wanted to be. And so what if I couldn't sell it. I could always bring it out myself. It might only get a few sales if I did that, but the one thing I've learned in recent years is that writing, for me, is about the fun of discovering the story.
So that's what I did and the story just flowed. I finished it during the summer, but knowing that it was going to be a self-published effort, I had to be ruthless during the editing and proofing stage. I originally thought it would come out at Christmas but it wasn't quite there.
I decided to publish it under the name Jack Natton to keep it completely separate from my YA and children's stuff. There's a lot of advice out there about keeping your Amazon algorithm as clean as you can, so mixing adult horror with children's is really going to muddy the waters.
I'm really happy with the final product. I've always wanted to write a vampire story, and here it is. It also means I can move on to something completely new.
I'll post about that next.