One of the questions I have heard most often since publishing The Solstice Blade has been “Is there going to be a sequel?” This is something I love being asked, because it sounds like people enjoyed The Solstice Blade enough to want to read more. (Caveat: for the purposes of this article, I am going to blithely overlook the fact that a good number of the people who asked the question did so at the point of purchasing the first book. Well, perhaps not overlook it so much as interpret it as: “If I enjoy this, will there be more to follow?”)
Anyway, the answer to that question is “Yes”.
Since March of 2017 I have been writing a novel with a working title of Lyskerrys, which is a sequel in the sense that it takes place in the same locations, and with at least one of the same protagonists. I estimate the initial draft to be approximately two thirds complete, but it will require extensive editing and reviewing.
A number of people I have spoken to were interested in writing their own novels, and I therefore intend to try and make a concerted effort to post regularly on the development of this new book, both to keep interested parties, well, …interested, but also in the hope that it might provide some inspiration to anyone thinking of writing themselves.
With that in mind, please fasten your seatbelts and remember to keep your arms and legs safely inside this reality as we begin our journey to Lyskerrys!
Welcome to Lyskerrys!
Lyskerrys is the working title for the new novel and, as many of you will know, is the Cornish name for Liskeard (and is, by happy coincidence, much more evocative of an alternate reality). A lot of the names of people and places in both The Solstice Blade and Lyskerrys derive from, or are at least on nodding terms down the pub with, Cornish words. For example, at the time of writing, a number of the characters have names that are spelled with a ‘y’ in places where modern English might use an ‘i’: Tamsyn and Vyvyan are two instances of this.
We also learn that the inhabitants of the Otherword refer to our world as Tiranaral. This is a contraction of ‘Tir an Aral’, which based on my several years of learning the Cornish language (and tempered by the fact that I have not studied it for a good number of years since) should be the Cornish for Otherworld – literally: The Other Land. (disclaimer – I do need to get this checked by someone with more recent and probably more accurate knowledge of the language before publication! – although I do like the sound of it so it may stay.)
Lyskerrys is set a few years after the events depicted in The Solstice Blade, and by this time the original protagonists would be in their early twenties. Having first hand experience of being in my early twenties (albeit sometime ago – in or around my early twenties 😉 ), and still retaining some dim memories of that time, I feel eminently qualified to write from the perspective of a young adult! (If anyone ever wants to read a book written from the perspective of a nearly fifty four year old who doesn’t want to accept his age – I’m your man 😉 )
Lyskerrys is a still a fantasy novel, and still crosses backwards and forwards between our world and a parallel reality, but it is also intended to be a darker novel than The Solstice Blade. Despite this, it should still be accessible to readers of all ages, other than the very young due to some infrequent use of “language” commensurate with the age of the protagonists – sometimes you just have to keep it real (or so I’m told!)
Anyway, that’s the end of this first post on the matter. I hope you enjoyed it, and I hope I am able to maintain its momentum! Stay tuned, stay safe, and read the free preview chapter linked below if you want to get an early taste of Lyskerrys 🙂
Read a Free Sample Chapter from Lyskerrys
If this post has piqued your interest, you can read the current draft of the prologue here:
I’d be very interested to hear your thoughts, although be advised that based on my experiences with The Solstice Blade, the text is likely to change, possibly out of all recognition before publication.
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