To Chris and Sarah: Thanks
Firstly a message to Sarah. Yes I am enjoying the sales and having a healthy bank account for once. What I have realised during my years in theatre and now as an author, is that money does not mean the same thing to us as it does to a businessman or a lawyer. For me money is directly related to time. The more money you have, the more creative time you have, and hence the better your work will ultimately become. I now write full-time – although that doesn’t mean I write every day, but the freedom to create is the key. Also so much of writing is just actually thinking. You can’t write the magic unless there’s magic in your head. And you don’t find the magic in your head unless you have time to crank it up and let it stew.
Chris thanks for your warm message and I’m glad you enjoyed the books. There will be two more Spud books and then that will be that. I always find it hard to predict when exactly I’m going to begin writing because so much relies on my state of mind, energy levels and getting a feel for what I’m attempting to create. I’m also aware that Spud and The Madness Continues have created so much hype that I’m wary of the whole thing becoming a bit over the top. I want to feel that Spud is just the beginning of my journey and not the destination itself. So the plan is to disappear off the radar screens after July and perhaps start work on the third book early next year. That would mean a probable Christmas 2009 launch. But as I say, much could change in my life and much probably will.
Keep writing in, Spud fans.