The ongoing crowdfunding's just hopped over the 31% complete mark, so the book is very nearly a third of the way to its funding target. Being this far into the funding starts to make the book a reality, and it throws up a couple of interesting problems for me to figure out.
One of the higher-level pledges is to have a character in the novel named after you (or someone of your choice as a gift); there are three such pledges available, and two of them have now been snapped up. So, part of my brain is working out how to best introduce these folk into the narrative. As it's a noir-ish thriller with a fair amount of crime and fisticuffs along the way, the chances for these fine folk to be found enjoying afternoon tea in a posh hotel are remote at best, after all. So (and this'll be done in conjunction with the pledgers), where to place them? And do they fancy being a recurring character if there are follow-on books?
There's one such pledge level left, so if you (or someone you know) fancies being immortalised in print, consider backing East of England at this level.
In other news, I'm writing a new book - an SF thing - and then I hope to begin a sequel to East of England this summer.
I'm at Derby Quad on Saturday 24th March at their Partners in Crime writing event which focuses on the darker end including horror crossovers) of crime fiction, so if you're going to be there, say hi!
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