… author of Escape From Furnace, The Fury, The Inventors, and the brand new Devil's Engine series

Furnace 5!

I’ve just had the finished cover copy through for Furnace 5, what do you think?

The whole world has become a prison, and Alfred Furnace is its master.
Monsters rule the streets leaving nothing but murder in their wake. Those who do not die become slaves to Furnace’s reign of cruelty.
I am a monster too. I am the only one who can stop him, but in doing so I might be the one to destroy everything.
Am I the executed or the executioner? Who will die? Me, Furnace or the entire human race?
All I know is that one way or another, it all ends today.


I’m still enjoying a bit of a break after finishing Furnace 5. Well, I say a break, but it’s actually been a busy couple of weeks catching up on admin (yawn), fan mail (yay), moving into the new office (awesome) and DIY around the house (argh!!!!). I’ve also been doing a short business foundation course (eek!) which has been really interesting. It’s provided by the Norwich and Wensum Enterprise Centre (NWES) for free, and is designed to get people thinking about their finances, especially with limited companies. I figured that as I’ve got three limited companies, I should probably try and find out what a profit and loss chart is, and what the laws are regarding taxes…

Anyway, the aim of it all is to make sure Inkling is set up properly, especially as we’re going for Arts Council funding. I want to make sure the company gets off to as positive a start as possible. And in other Inkling news we’ve had our first submission, which is awesome! We’re taking it away to Centerparcs with us next week so we can start reading it at bedtime.

Other than Inkling stuff and DIY (I finally finished decorating Jamie’s room!) I’ve not been up to much, really. I started work again on a horror novel for adults that I began late last year, and I’ve been getting into it. However, it’s a long-term project and I imagine that after a couple of chapters it will end up back on the shelf while I start the new YA series. Still, it would be cool if something happened with it one day. I’ve also started learning Japanese again, although as this is the third time I’ve begun and I’ve never kept with it before I’m not incredibly optimistic…

Right, I’m off to wrap up a last few bits and pieces before I head home and start packing. We leave for Centerparcs on Monday morning and I can’t wait to get in the pool!! Have a great week everyone!!

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