Lastnight - the fifth Jack Nightingale novel - is done and dusted. I signed off on the line edit yesterday which means it's now off to the printers! There was surprisingly little to do edit-wise, a few hours work at most. I'm always surprised at professional writers who have to spend weeks rewriting. I figure it's much better to get it right the first time and so I am constantly self-editing in my head as I write. I quite often delete a paragraph I've just written if I feel it wasn't right. I've never seen the point of saying that a book is finished but that it's a first draft. "And now the real work starts" is a common refrain from writers after the first draft is done, but me, I'd rather get it right the first time!
The story was fun to write - even though it has a pretty gory plot line with lots of Goths being murdered in London. And it was great to research, I spent quite a lot of time in Goth hangouts in London and have become a serious fan of a bar called Garlic and Shots in Soho. You can visit their website HERE
Lastnight is the first of my books to be edited by Oliver Johnson, who also edits John Grisham in the UK. He lives south of the river which is helpful and he spotted several errors I'd made in describing Clapham! Who knew that the windmill had gone from the Common? Well, Oliver did!
Publication is set for January 16. I'm about to write a Jack Nightingale short story which I hope will be fun. Then I'm getting started on the new Spider Shepherd book. Busy, busy, busy!
Lastnight is already available on pre-order on Amazon - YOU CAN PRE-ORDER HERE