As some of you will be aware, publisher Caffeine Nights autumn publications have been re-scheduled for spring 2012. This means that we won't be seeing Frank's Wild Years until next year. As with any delay, there's an upside: this one mainly in allowing more preparation to go into the marketing campaign and getting review copies out in good time.
The unexpected haitus has also given me an opportunity to contribute shorter fiction to a couple of exciting projects: the Off the Record e-book collection put together by Guilty Conscience blogmeister Mr Luca Veste, and the redoubtable Mr Paul Brazill's Brit Grit 2.
As well as the short stuff, I'm taking a saunter down Turnpike Lane N8 and into the scuzzy underworld of conspiracy with DI Mark Lomax on a re-write of my novel The Paradise Man. I'll also be working through a stack of research and new interviews and bringing together the threads of the Ted Lewis biography.
Finding ways to make a living as a freelance writer will be the focus of an MA Masterclass I'm delivering to unsuspecting students at Sheffield Hallam University on 7 December. I'll be pitching in with some practical pointers as to how the MA Writing can work for creative freelancers in the precarious world of publishing and arts funding.
In the meantime, a track from the Frank's Wild Years playlist: