If you were a fan of my first novel, The Trouble With Being God, you’ll be happy to hear another project is underway. Previously I mentioned my next novel would be Three Bricks Down and To the Left (book one in my Horizon Trilogy), but I’ve decided to partake in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), which means I need to crank out a 50,000 word novel by the end of the month. Considering I didn’t decide to actually participate until yesterday, that gives me just 22 days to do it – and since Three Bricks is going to be a pretty massive undertaking, writing the whole thing in a month doesn’t make much sense.
So, what am I working on? The Grabbing Hands (A Ghost Story).
Originally conceived as an idea for a short story, I am instead tackling it as a short novel. A classic ghost / monsters-in-the-shadows kind of story, the entire tale takes place in a timeframe of only about a half an hour. Needless to say, it will be an interesting exercise to see how well it plays out in an extended form, while staying suspenseful even amidst a large amount of backstory, character development and description.
I’m currently done with the first two chapters of the book – about 1500 words. So far I’m quite happy with it – and I expect it to turn out to be a fairly suspenseful story. It will definitely be much more in the horror vein than TTWBG was, but should also be a fairly accessible story for people of all ages.