I know this is historywithatwist, but in my own small way I’m making a little history of my own. This is a big day for me. My third Liam Mannion novel, A Time of Traitors, is now live on Amazon. It has taken me almost nine months to write. That’s longer than I spent on either Tan or The Golden Grave, but then I didn’t have as many issues with those books.
At first, I was very clear on what course to take. I had a good, strong opening scene. Shortly after that I wrote another strong scene that was a potential opener. And, eh, then I wrote another one. It was like waiting for a bus to come along only for three to arrive together. I was spoiled for choice.
I scratched my head for a while and then realised that the only way I would know which to open the story with was to write them all and rewrite all the subsequent scenes (which also meant slotting in the other two potential openers into the book). I had to do this three times to see which way would work best. As you might imagine, that took quite a bit of time and quite a lot of hair pulling on my behalf.
But I’m happy with the result – I just hope readers are, too.
The other thing that caused me some delay was the fact that I managed to lose seven thousand words of the story one day while on the train to work. That was a bit of a sickener, no doubt about it.
But here we are, nearly nine months later, and my little baby is in the world. If you ever do get around to reading her, see if you can spot the other two potential openers and let me know.
Here’s the blurb for A Time of Traitors, to see if you’re interested…
It’s 1921, and Liam Mannion is embroiled in the murky world of informers and spies; the IRA has announced a truce, and the British and Irish leaderships are taking their first tentative steps toward signing a treaty.
Liam and his fiancee, Kate, are tasked with finding republican rotten apples, some of whom are intent on foiling the fledgling peace talks. For Kate, the Brigade Intelligence Officer, that means asking awkward questions of trusted allies – questions that reveal a traitor. For Liam, it means travelling to London and collaborating with the British police to find a killer.
As the search unfolds, a devastating revelation from Liam’s past will make the hunt more personal–and deadly–than even he could imagine.
Normal historywithatwist service will resume with my next post.