After dithering, I’ve made a decision: more Robin Hood
For the past few weeks I’ve been messing around with several different plans for what to write next. I’ve been distracted by the bloody Coronavirus, and found it hard to concentrate fully on one project. That ends right now. I’ve realised what I want to write, and it’s not a TV script or a fantasy novel.
I’m going to write another Robin Hood novel. This one will follow straight on from Robin Hood and the Caliph’s Gold, as our heroes make their way (slowly) back to England. Sorry if you feel I have messed you about with talk of TV scripts and dragons and soothsayers. But I hope you’re a bit more familiar with this writer’s process. Now it’s Robin Hood all the way.
I’d better explain a bit more clearly why I’ve come to this decision. The TV idea of a time-travelling 12th-century knight is one I rather like, and I’m going to work on it from time to time. But TV is a new and alien industry to me, and a deeply collaborative one. Since everybody is in lock-down at the moment, and may well be for some time, it doesn’t make any sense to write something that needs loads of people working together to turn into reality.
The next idea I had was for a new fantasy novel. I was thinking about a witch who summons a dragon, and tries to rule the world. But I got a bit burnt with my last fantasy – Gates of Stone (below) – few people bought it, even though it was a decent piece of work. So I decided not to take the risk.
I have another completed fantasy novel – a Viking-ish saga called The Last Berserker (or possible Fire-Born) – with my agent at the moment. He is Ian Drury of Sheil Land Associates and if you are a publisher who wants to read the MS with a view to taking it on, give him a call. But since the London Book Fair was cancelled due to, guess what, the C-virus, the traditional publishing industry seems to be in paralysis. At least no-one has stepped forward to pick up Berserker yet. So I’m looking to write something I can self-publish. And the most obvious choice is another Robin Hood novel.
A month ago I never wanted to write another Robin and Alan adventure. But I woke up this morning, rested, refreshed and raring to go. The working title is Robin Hood and the Castle of Bones, and it’s going to take place in what is now France, and what was then the County of Burgundy, in the summer of 1192. It should be ready to read in about five months’ time.
I’ll keep you posted about my progress. As for the other projects, they’re not binned. I’m just going to focus on my Sherwood guys for the time being.