For any fans of my literary invention, The Rowlings Years – I know you’re out there; you may not be great in number, but then nor should you be. Blessèd be the few, and all that!
Anyhow, the good news is that I, your author, have had an epiphany, concerning said series, which happened right here, where I’m sitting, just this morning – and it didn’t hurt a bit. Of course, I can’t speak for Phillip Rowlings. In fact, I do think it’s about time I put him back through his paces, in the old interview room – it must be three years since I last did so, around the time of his first outing in Wood, Talc and Mr. J: We never had it so good… And as you should know, things have moved on quite a bit since then; indeed, a whole decade and a half, with Phillip maybe non-the-wiser – re-the meaning of life and such, that is, which does tend to bog him down at times…
Hey, and here’s another idea: why don’t I get you, dear reader(s), to put him through his paces? I’m sure you’d come up with far more pertinent questions that I could at present.
Do take time to think about it.
And so to the epiphany, whether good news or bad.
Around the time of writing my debut novel, and falling head over heels for a large portion of its characters – not forgetting how it conjured up memories of my own from those heady days – I would often contemplate a prequel; that’s to say, a book in which we might meet all those characters once more, in a younger form. A prepubescent Phillip and Jed, can you imagine? Fumbling their way along amid whirlpools of filched cigarettes and Tamla Motown…
Well, this idea comprises at least part of this morning’s epiphany, in that I’m most definitely going along with the project. I’m far from sure about the details, like narrative voice and co – though I have given thought to Jed being narrator – but I can promise it will be very different from Wood, Talc and Mr. J: We never had it so good… I love a challenge and will never write the same book twice…
As for the other part, the part to complete the epiphany, I’d just like to inform you that my offerings with regard to sequels, sequels to Nancy Boy; for one year only, book 2 in the series, they’ll arrive via the form of three novellas:
Book 3 will be called The All-clear – along with some half-witty tag or other, no doubt; I’m never one for making things easy on myself. Ironic, going by that title, don’t you think?
Book 4: The Battle of Hastings – this story, according to Phillip, being the more important version.
And book 5: The Advent of Slags on Fire – a title for which I genuinely and humbly apologise. And will endeavour to make up for it via the content.
Regarding times of publication, book 3 shouldn’t be long now…
So, there you have it. And I do hope, for you happy – discerning – few, that this is good news. For I once again look forward to, and relish in, being you literary servant. Therefore, look out for future posts in which I’ll both go into more detail and keep you updated regarding progress made.
Thanks for reading.
Your literary, theatrical friend