I have to say it’s been a long time coming (nothing moves fast in d’Lacey world), but I’ve finally had the chance to set up this blog, which I hope any fans or followers of mine will come to enjoy. It still needs a lot of prettying around the edges, but at least we’re up and running.
For some while now, I’ve wanted to have a more … holistic blog. One that covers all my creative interests, rather than just my books. Don’t get me wrong, the books are still likely to take centre stage. After all, that’s probably what drew you here in the first place. But this will be a platform where I will freely comment about all my work, past and present, not just the The Last Dragon Chronicles or Erth Dragons, for instance. When the mood takes me, I might say something about the publishing industry or the way I write or someone else’s books. Equally, I might start spouting about songs or guitars or, gulp, ukuleles. I might even post a short story or two up here. Nothing is off limits, really.
But I have to kick off by writing a few words about THE NEW AGE, the final book of my Erth Dragons series. This book was published in the UK in early 2018, bringing to an end my eighteen years of adventures with dragons. Due to contractual reasons, my American publishing schedule was approximately a year behind the UK, which means that THE NEW AGE is about to hit US book stores any day now – on February 26th in fact. It’s a beautiful looking book, with a striking violet cover. I’ve made no secret of the fact that it’s my favourite of the three. It has a few links to The Last Dragon Chronicles, but essentially it’s all about the trials and tribulations of the Wearle from book one of the series. It’s not a perfect book by any means. But in places I think it demonstrates some of the best storytelling I’ve ever put together. If you like dragons, do have a read of it.
February 26th won’t be quite the end, because the US paperback of NEW AGE will itself appear in another year or so. So now I have to look to the future, one almost certainly devoid of dragons. I wouldn’t say I’m entirely done with the scaly beasts, but I have no plans to produce another major series. Someone asked me the other day if I would ever do the ‘pink’ cover of TLDC. This is a reference to me jokingly saying, some time ago, that I couldn’t write an eighth book of the Chronicles because we’d run out of colours for the covers! Then someone pointed out that we hadn’t used pink. Yeah. Right. Pink dragons? Not in my universe. White would be better. I tried to persuade my publisher once to run with a white cover. They said no. So no pink book. Chances are if I ever go back to 42 Wayward Crescent, it will be right here – for free. So keep checking in, because you never know. Go read THE NEW AGE! Hrrr!