Rick and Matt's story, Loose Connection, is now out there which means that it's time for me to roll my sleeves up and get going on book two in the Urban Love series. I have, in fact, already started. I find starting really hard, because I'm not a planner. Writers can broadly be divided into two groups: pantsers and planners. A pantser is what it says, a writer who flies by the seat of their pants. There is either no planning at all, or very minimal as in there are some characters and they do stuff variety. That is me, and I wish it wasn't when I stare at a blank screen and the words refuse to come. But hey, I tell myself, it's just another aspect of my free and easy, nice and breezy approach to life. Yeah, right.
Book two in Urban Love centres on Archie and Zack. If you thought Rick and Matt from Loose Connection were opposites, you wait until you read these boys' story. As I start to write a very clunky first draft, which will end up being edited beyond recognition, I am already aware that Zack's character will excite a strong reaction from some readers. There is, frankly, a lot about him that is hard to fall in love with, or at least in the early stages of the story. Zack is a difficult and complex character, and I make no excuses for that. But he has his reasons, circumstances have made him the man he is and as the story rolls on these will come to light. I don't apologise for writing challenging characters. If a character doesn't provoke an emotional response then, frankly, what's the point of them? Like I say on this very website, I write the books I like to read.
I'll post updates as the writing progresses. I'm aiming for publication in February 2016 unless, as I've said before, matters get held up due to alien invasions, or a tube strike.
A E Ryecart
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