Completed the first draft of Kent Fisher #4, No More Lies.

What a journey from vague ideas and plans to fully fleshed novel. During the first few months last year, it felt like I would never get to grips with this story of faith, trust and lies. After three false starts and as many titles, I had a lightbulb moment. At last I understood the real theme of the story and found my feet. From there, it became a more decisive process.

On a couple of occasions I wondered if this would be the last Kent Fisher mystery novel. But since writing The End I’ve had a few ideas for Kent Fisher #5, provisionally titled No Mercy, so it shouldn’t be long before I’m sending him on his next adventure. It promises to be another twisting ride into danger with much more focus on his environmental health work.

In the meantime, No More Lies remains on a shelf in the cupboard. In a couple of weeks, I’ll read it from cover to cover, plastering the pages with notes and memos to help with the editing and revisions. From here it’s a journey to my editor, Liz, for her thoughts and comments, before final revisions and preparations for publication in May. The cover will prove a challenge, trying to capture the essence of a complex story, so I’m open to ideas …


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