I'm having trmendous fun with it, Lia. Thanks for your encouragement. It's a great catharsis after spending 5 years writing the dark, macabre occult thrillers of my 'Trinity Chronicles' series - I felt the need to lighten up a tad, and this project has been around for so long, and has meant so much to me, it deserved my serious attention again. Trouble is, I'm maybe enjoying it too much!
Yep, 'Blackadder Goes Forth' was a big influence on the development of this series, with Lord Flasheart one of my favourite TV comic characters of all time. Suffice it to say, his presence is felt within my own humble pages...
I'm building an alternate history that starts in historical England 1855. But pretty soon events take a turn that transforms the world rather dramatically. In that context, I plan to take on the Civil War, the Indian Mutiny and slay any sacred cows I find along the way.
My hero is Louis Edward Nolan, a fascinating character, who, had he turned his horse slightly would not have been the first casualty at the Charge of the Light Brigade.
A lot of people blamed him for the Charge. But it's easy to blame the dead guy.
Then if you study the man himself and the imbecility of the English general staff in Crimea, quite a different picture emerges.
Not at the moment. I was in a writing group, but I have two little boys to look after now so all my spare time is spent writing. I was planning on looking for another group when this story was finished, or perhaps even more professional opinions if I think it's good enough.
Until then my critique group is my wife and my mum, he he.