Five months ago I realised Covid wasn’t going to disappear anytime soon. We never stood much of a chance of avoiding the second wave, let’s be honest.

As it turns out – how can I state this modestly? – I was right. So I needed a distraction, and I found one.

The word “finished” is of course light touch. So far the first draft has gone off to valiant beta readers for initial impressions, and even more nervously to my gallant editor Gemma Taylor at Oakleaf Editing, she who must be obeyed.

In the meantime, I’m off to walk the well-ventilated and hopefully virus-free beaches of Devon for a week, with my long-suffering dog and that man who brings flasks of tea uphill to the cabin. And to play ludus latrunculi.

Of which, more later in the book …


  1. How fascinating! I also have a RomanoBritish series. Is the Governor’s Man: The Bronze Owl out yet?

    • Out on query to various agents and publishers while I write the follow up. Plan B if I get no decent bites is to self-publish in the autumn. Need to learn all the marketing stuff first, though!

    • An update reply to your Q, Paula – Governor’s Man is due to be published by Sharpe Books next month. Can’t wait to usher my baby out into to the world! We hope the follow up – untitled as yet – will join it by the end of 2021.

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