The basic premise of the book just came to me, it’s hard to know exactly where from. If I had to point to something then my visit to Dublin in the summer of 2013 definitely got me thinking about my Celtic roots and the traditional belief in the land of the fairie or fair folk ( the Tuatha Dé Danann in Gaelic). Ireland has a very different history to England. It was never part of the Roman Empire, never overrun by the Saxons and as a result the Celtic culture remains strong. I started thinking about what England would have been like in the Middle Ages without all the cultural changes brought about by successive invasions, Roman, Saxon, Viking, Norman. And I suppose that as a teacher it was natural that the main characters would be teenagers. But the first scene of a boy, sitting in a ancient hall, surrounded by faded glory, listening to a speech of welcome just appeared in my mind. And then of course I had to answer the questions that came with it. Who was he? Why was he there? What would happen to him?

How long should a novel be?


Good question. I had no idea. Fortunately Google came to my rescue, and after a fairly random wander through a selection of websites and blogs I came to the conclusion that somewhere in the region of 70 to 100 thousand words seemed about right, with fantasy books at the higher end of this ( all the world setting etc.) and teen novels at the lower end. Now I like a good structure so it made sense for me to have thirty chapters, divided into three sections of ten each, with 2500 words per chapter. This gave me 75 thousand words in total. Which seemed like a plan.

How do you start a novel?


My novel started by decorating a bedroom. I was painting the wall a nice shade of blue and listening to a radio programme where writers were discussing their job. At one point the interviewer asked how much they wrote in a day. One author responded that Joseph Conrad wrote 100 words a day, and that if he himself managed two ‘conrads’ per day he was doing well. “100 words a day?” I thought. “I could do that”

Tha was just over two years ago. Although I haven’t managed to write 100 words every day, I have just about done it on average. Which is why I’m nearly at the end.



Why am I writing this?


Good question. After faffing about with wordpress for the last couple of hours I feel I should be writing a blog about setting up a blog, but I shall stick to the plan.

The thing is I am writing a book. I’ve been writing it for some time. Its even getting to the point that I might actually finish it. So this blog is me working my way through the process of finishing a book and then getting it published. You may be a writer yourself, you may be thinking of writing a book, you might even be interested in my book. I don’t mind, I welcome you to my journey.