Inside the Fiction Factory – Part 11

Works in Progress

I write novels and short stories, science fiction and near future cyber thrillers for want of a genre.

The Kill Chain (Due to be published by Darkstroke Publishing in summer 2022)
Security expert Jacob Anderson lands his dream job with a cyber defence firm just as a government contract is signed. Then film from a hotel bedroom seven years earlier, triggers a series of blackmail attempts, putting pressure on him to pass control to his adversaries.

The Canongate Containment (Intending to query during 2022)
Edinburgh 2120. The New Town has retreated behind a drone protected wall and Old Town detective Will Logan ‘doesn’t do politics.’ But when the daughter of a murdered politician claims a conspiracy to rig an election, Will is forced to confront his own family’s involvement.

The Copernicus Coercion Book 1: Code Critical (Published on Amazon February 2022)
When Kathryn K is held on suspicion of killing three partners by hacking their medical implants, fellow body hacker Brock is unconvinced of her guilt. But when they team up and become targets themselves, can he trust her to keep him alive?

Work in Progress

At the time of writing in April 2022, I’ve finished up the first draft of a sequel to The Copernicus Coercion, which is called Zero Day. This now needs to be written out again so planning for that right now.

The Kill Chain is an interesting one. The initial idea was to have books two and three leap twenty years into the future from book one and then a further leap of fifty years. This would allow me to speculate on technology with the backdrop of the inevitable ageing process and death. Having planned that I then came up with some immediate storylines to continue on from book one, so a lot to think about. I’ve started drafting a sequel called The Kill Switch, which takes place a year after The Kill Chain. I will need to see where this goes.

As of April 2022, I have completed a Novella called EVA. Having looked into this format, I think they will be a good vehicle for mopping up the many ideas I have for stories, but may not work as novels.

My sci-fi fantasy series The Clockmaker Conspiracy is now on book five. I’ve set up a separate blog page on this site with further details. At the time of writing (June 2022) I hope to have book one out by the end of the year. A draft cover has been sourced which I think looks ideal and other than some tweaks which I’ve identified in the plot it’s about as good as I can make it.

During June 2022 I’m writing a new short story called The Inference Engine, for an open call by Darkstroke for the new anthology Dark Venice. It’s been challenging working to a brief, in this case set in Venice, but I’ve hopefully come up with something. I’m intending to revamp and relaunch my short story collections this year, with some new material and new covers so if this doesn’t make the cut I still have a home for it.

I have outlined a new Novella which deals with the subject of magic and witchcraft and have also a new novel outlined set in a nuclear bunker monitored by an A.I. that has turned rogue. I also have a solid idea for a sequel to The Canongate Containment. Alongside these is an outline for a time travel fantasy series. I have no shortage of ideas, and recognise I do need to finish what I start.

I have four other novels drafted which I do not see making the light of day. A Distant Threat of Moonlight (which was the first novel I ever submitted and did receive a full manuscript request) is about a singer songwriter and his journey back to the woman who inspired him; Slide Rule which is a techno thriller involving blackmail; Pulling the Munter deals with a game played by a group of women against a man with tragic consequences, and Always which is an existential novel written in the first person and the less said about it the better.

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