Change is an inevitable part of life. We like to think we have some control but really, there are so many other factors that influence our lives, that we don’t really realise it until they come to the forefront.
I had a dramatic change in my life when my father passed away suddenly, and it impacted my life hugely. Now eight years on, I’m finally feeling settled after going through the motions of that disruption. And I think it’s because of that feeling of change that a change is being felt in my writing and content production.
I have been writing the Genesis Project now for nearly four years and produced two books, it’s been slow, it’s been mired with mental health, moving hemispheres and a whole bunch of change and while there’s one more book left in the story, I feel like I need a break from it. I need to write something new. That’s not to say I won’t deliver the final book, I definitely will, but I have new characters I want to explore and new stories to tell.
I’ve lately become intrigued by crime and thrillers. I think it’s a by-product of living in a binge-watching culture and some incredibly good drama currently being available on TV. I was also inspired by the last BAFTA’s and seeing all the great TV being celebrated and felt that excitement to write again.
Sci-fi I don’t think was ever really for me. I like the idea of dystopia, but only when it’s done smartly and can still be based in reality. I’ve recently been watching Years by Years on the BBC and this show does dystopia perfectly. If I write in this genre in the future, I want it to be less sci-fi, more realistic. I just need to develop my craft before I can achieve this.
As for crime and thrillers, I love spy dramas, MI5 stories and all that it encompasses. I have a new female lead that I can see quite clearly and I want to explore her story. It’s more grown-up writing as well, which feels like it brings some extra credibility to it.
So that’s where I’m at on this writing journey. In terms of content, I’m branching out into self-development and wellbeing, but that’s for another post.