Thursday, 2 February 2017

Writing - Stand alone and continuity

When I began writing novels it was my initial intention to write 10. Well those of you who write know that putting a figure on your writing in such a way is naive. It's not impossible but introduces such concepts as writing to a target rather than writing as a creative exercise. It also establishes a pattern that could lead you to be described as writing to a formula which from a creative aspect is not good.

I feel that I could produce a Steele novel  in a similar pattern to the ones that have gone before but I'd get bored writing like that and so I fight against being formulaic but there are elements when using the same characters that need to be included. An author cannot assume that every reader has read all of your books and so details of your characters need to be repeated in some measure.

When I wrote the fifth Steele novel, Inceptus, it was my intention to delve deeper into the history behind Patrick Steele and share that with the readership as well as continuing his adventures.
This book was a step forward for me as I felt that my storytelling skills were developing and I enjoyed the process immensely.

In this the 5th Steele novel Patrick tackles the person who has been surreptitiously dogging his footsteps over a number of his adventures. This is not without risk and the focus of his love, Naomi Kobayashi, disappears which seriously affects his ability to function as well as he can. We also find out more about the man himself.
The adventure takes him to Eire, France, the USA before he returns to resolve the issue in the UK.
Will Patrick finally rid himself of a deadly enemy?
Can our hero rescue his love or is it already too late?
Another Patrick Steele adventure filled with tension and action as well as the support provided by the team he has developed over the years.

So if you want to read the Steele novels without starting them from the beginning Inceptus is the one to sample.

From the aspect of avoiding writing to a formula I have tended to adapt the Steele team to match the story that triggered my imagination. So you have a story about child abduction, one about the loss of Malaysian flight MH370, the demise of building 7 on 9/11 and the new one which involves the role of surveillance in modern day society.

God Bless