It’s been a long haul and I can’t imagine why I thought it would be feasible to write a blog at the same time as writing the actual novel. Impossible! Maybe some people can do it, but not this one. All I can do is quote Stephen King again when he said ‘write with the door shut’ – and to write alongside a blog is to write with the doors wide open and a big sign saying, ‘come on in, folks.’ Not the way to do it.
The characters followed their own path and Ranulph didn’t end up dead. In fact he didn’t appear at all. Others were a surprise. Mistress Sweet and Mistress Sour were unexpected. Lissa and Simon too. I’d been reading A Doll’s House when they appeared and after quite a few chapters I realised Delith had crept in under the guise of Norah!
It’s amazing how characters seep in from elswhere and then become themselves because of the needs of the plot and the story they find themselves in. Now the pilgrim ship has finally sailed I’m going to miss them.
All done now. I hope readers will like them. I’ve had some lovely encouragement recently – when somebody says they stayed up half the night because they wanted to know what heppened next, it makes it all worthwhile. Thank you for all those lovely comments. I’ll let you know when The Alchemist of Netley Abbey is ready for the road.