Yesterday was my eldest son’s first day of school. When I saw him kitted out in his school uniform for the first time, I nearly cried. I can’t believe how fast he’s grown. Where does the time go? The clock seems to speed up more and more every year.
Speaking of new beginnings, as Luke makes a start to the school term, I’m consolidating the first few chapters of my new novel. Last week, I received a lovely email from my publisher. It began with two very short but effective sentences that every writer craves to hear, “This is great. Love it.”
I’d just sent her chapters one to three of my next book which I started writing in November last year. I won’t send her chapters again till I’m half way through. We’ve already decided on a tentative title, which is “The Girl in the Yellow Vest.”
Yes, that’s right, I’m continuing to add to my FIFO Girls Series. This book will contain some characters from Boots and Hard Hat but others I’m afraid I will have to let go because I feel I’ve taken them as far as I can. Not telling you which ones. You’ll just have to wait and see.
Also, this next book will not be set on the Pilbara. I did receive quite a few requests for another Pilbara novel but after spending more than two years metaphorically speaking in that alternative reality, frankly, I’m ready to move on. I’m not saying there will never be another Pilbara novel… just that it’s not the next book or the one after that. “The Girl in the Yellow Vest” will be set in Queensland.
My next construction site is right next door to the Whitsundays Islands and the Great Barrier Reef. It’s the world’s largest coal export port, the Dalrymple Bay Terminal. Barnes Inc. has got another big job going on there and I’ve got a couple of keen heroines hoping to prove their mettle.
I’m really excited about this book and just like my beautiful son, I think I’ve made a great start.