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An update on me, my books and all that shebang...

posted Oct 26, 2016, 7:09 AM by Gordon Doherty   [ updated Dec 9, 2018, 5:33 AM ]
You might have noticed I haven't launched a new book for a while now (some have noticed more keenly than others - slave drivers!). It's less than a year since Legionary: Gods & Emperors came out, though that feels like an age to me. I'm used to writing a book every 9 months or so - they are my babies after all - so as things stand I feel acutely conscious of every bookless day that passes beyond that span. And that's what this update is all about: to let you know where I'm at, what goodies you can expect in the future and just so you know I haven't fallen down a manhole.

The good news is I haven't been chasing squirrels in the garden since last November, or waiting for striped paint and a long stand... I have actually written the first book of a brand new Bronze Age series set in the Hittite Kingdom. You can get a taste of what it's all about here.

It's all done and dusted apart from a few tweaks here and there. "So, Doherty," I hear you ask, "if it's ready then why don't you pull your finger out and get it published?" 
Well it would be on sale right now if I had opted for the self-publishing route (as with my Legionary and Strategos books), and it might well end up on that track. But I felt that, this being the first volume of a new series, it was well worth exploring my options in the traditional market. It might come to nothing, or it might send my writing career down a new and exciting path. All I know is that, for now, it means a short, additional 'gap' between my book launches.

What will end that gap? It might be my Hittite book. More likely, though, it could be Legionary 6 - already well underway in the first draft process and likely to be ready for summer 2017. There's also the very-much-taking-shape Roman trilogy I've been working on with Simon Turney for the last year or two; already we're polishing volume two and looking at volume three. That series could be out even sooner. 
And if you need a HistFic fix in the very short term, you could always listen to the newly-released audiobook version of 'Strategos: Rise of the Golden Heart'? I've heard it's Byzan-tastic...

On that sucker pun-ch, I bid you farewell. I hope to be back soon with a new read for you all and will be sure to shout out to let you know. Until then, happy reading and don't forget about me ;-)


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