So, the first draft of No Going Back is complete. I’m now reading through it to make sure it’s got all the right plot points in the right order—the pitfalls of writing out of sequence!
The main male character in this story is Sir Guy Somerton. Guy’s made other appearances in the series, but in No Going Back, he takes centre stage. He’s spent more than a decade alone, since losing the love of his life in a fire—a situation he doesn’t expect to change, until he meets Madeleine Scott.
When I originally conceived the character of Sir Guy, he was only going to be a minor character—a pompous senior civil servant, and a distinct contrast to his niece, Ros, who had been an officer in the Royal Military Police. Then, as is so often the case with my characters, he knocked on the door to my imagination and told me he could be so much more. That was when he transformed into a former Army officer whose past included a stint on secondment to the Intelligence services, and who became the commanding officer of an elite Government security unit.
Like everyone, Guy has a past. So what happened in his past that means he’s alone now? Why doesn’t he date? What are his secrets? Guy has taught me a valuable lesson, that the throwaway line in one book in a series can be a pointer to the enigma of another character.
And, once a supporting character doesn’t mean always a supporting character.
I shall leave you to consider the last comment above, because Sir Guy isn’t the only one of the Club Aegis family to whom it might apply. If you want to know who I’m talking about… well, you’ll have to read No Going Back to find out…
If you’re a regular reader of my infrequent posts—and if you are, thank you very much—then you’ll know that I’m currently working on the sixth book in my Club Aegis series. The cover art is already done for that one, but because I can’t resist the temptation to see what work of art she’ll come up with next, I’ve already asked my wonderful cover artist, Syneca Featherstone, to work on the seventh. You can see more of her wonderful work on her website here.
And that got me thinking. Only books eight and nine remain in my plans for the series, and that’s quite a daunting prospect. Although I’ve written two short novels that aren’t a part of the series, my writing life has revolved around Club Aegis for most of the last five years. When I first wrote The Velvet Ribbon, I had no idea it would lead to a series, much less a series of nine stories, and in some ways, I don’t want to move on—the characters are almost like family—but the time is coming when I will have to leave them to their own devices. They will probably pop up in a spin-off series of four books featuring Lucy’s brothers from Winter’s Fire, but as yet, her siblings have yet to let me in on their stories, so that means bidding a temporary farewell to the club and its members.
So where to next? I have so many other stories planned and/or started, and in different romance sub-genres as well. I wish there were more hours in the day, then I could get these stories out of my head and onto the page, so I can share them with you.
When that time comes, I hope you’ll come on the new journey with me, and enjoy reading those stories as much as you’ve enjoyed the Club Aegis series so far.