Unbound tells me updates are a good thing. So here's an update.
First off, thank you to those who have already pledged. This is an exciting project for me and I'm really looking forward to bringing it all together.
Secondly, and probably most importantly - this is a finished manuscript. Although I'm sure there will be editorial changes, you won't be waiting round for me to finish writing it. I really enjoyed writing it (as I do with all of my projects) - the characters really came to life for me as I went. Some who were going be more important characters slipped into the background, and others demanded far more attention than I'd originally planned for them. I find this is often the way, and it's usually better to go with it rather than trying to stick with any plan.
This started as a project for a competition being run by the late, lamented Sir Terry Pratchett. Unfortunately I didn't quite manage to make the deadline for it, but the idea had taken shape and then flight. I've always had a passionate interest in history (nobody does a 4 year history degree then a year postgrad without that). Counterfactual history - the 'what ifs' - have always been a fun diversion for me, and this project took root in one of those - the idea of the throne of England and Wales being absorbed into the Habsburg Empire in the time of Philip and Mary, displacing some of the most iconic figures and epochs in the history of the British Isles. This has thrown up a whole new timeline in my mind, a huge sandbox stretching all the way from The Frost Fair and its planned sequels to the science fiction world I've already published in. I'm looking forward to exploring this world further, hopefully with a little help to make it all possible.
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