I've had a number of queries lately about about the book I have coming up next. I've enjoyed seeing In at the Deep End on the shelves so much, it's exciting to think another book is on the way. But ... it is quite a process having a book published! My second novel (as yet untitled) will be published by my wonderful publisher Harlequin Mira in July 2018. I finished this novel at the end of last year, and now the editing stage is about to begin, it is exciting to be getting into the book again. This book is one that I loved writing, and I hope readers will love it as well. It is, like much of In at the Deep End, set in Australia, but the protagonist lives in a rural area on the outskirts of Sydney. It was wonderful returning to (in a fictional sense!) some of my early experiences with horses for this book. So this post is somewhat of a teaser.
Many people ask whether the characters I write are based on real people. The answer to that is generally no, although the people I know, and my reading, often informs what I create in terms of character and personality traits. But the photo of the pony in this post is of a real life 'character' in my next novel, a pony I had for many years when I was growing up. His name was Fudge, and he was a palomino pony who stood about 13 hands high. Fudge could, on occasion, be very ill mannered! He only has a small role in the book, but he has quite a back story in real life. Maybe I'll post about that some day!
I'll be posting on what is happening with the editing process with book number two, and hopefully filling you in on a title and cover, as soon as I can!