I’m really excited to be embarking on a new fiction project, involving three linked stories with naval and maritime settings, all set within the Tudor period! The new stories will be published by new imprint Endeavour Ink, the first traditional publishing venture by my current e-book publisher, Endeavour Press. I sent the first of them to the publisher on New Year’s Eve, so all being well, it should be available in e-format some time this year, ultimately combining with the other two to form a single print book. I’ll be spending most of this year working on the second and third stories, so with luck, the entire saga should be complete and in print within the next eighteen months or so. More details here – I hope to be able to provide more details of the title, plot, characters, etc, very soon.
My focus on the Tudor project means that there’ll be a brief hiatus in the Quinton series – although following the publication of no fewer than three titles* in this in the calendar year between August 2016 and August 2017, I think a little break will probably be to everybody’s advantage! However, I’m about to start work on a new prequel e-novella, set in the period between Ensign Royal and the first ‘proper’ book in the published series, Gentleman Captain. This, too, ought to come out later this year if all goes well, so watch this space!
My current plan is to start work on the next full-length Quinton book towards the end of this year, so all being well, it should come out some time in 2019. No spoilers for the time being, except to say that it’ll be the ‘hottest’ Quinton book since The Mountain of Gold (climatically, at any rate)!
(* Death’s Bright Angel, set against the backdrop of the Great Fire of London; The Devil Upon the Wave, centred on the Dutch attack on the Medway in 1667; and the prequel The Rage of Fortune, set in the period 1598-1602 and featuring Matthew’s grandfather as he battles through some of the lesser known dramas of Queen Elizabeth’s war.)
My latest non-fiction book, Kings of the Sea: Charles II, James II and the Royal Navy, was published by Seaforth in August 2017. It does exactly what it says on the tin, i.e. examining the role of those two monarchs in the development of the navy, but it does a lot more as well, looking at the whole Stuart dynasty’s relationship with the sea – up to and including the Jacobite era, which has a surprising amount of relatively little known naval history. Kings of the Sea ties together a number of the themes that I’ve been investigating for over thirty years, as well as producing a large amount of new evidence which fundamentally revises perceptions of Charles II in particular.
My other current non-fiction project is as the co-editor of a book on naval ideology, 1500-1815, along with Alan James and Gijs Rommelse. I’m contributing the chapter on the seventeenth century Royal Navy. I’m also gradually resuming work on my long-delayed book on the Stepney family, baronets of Llanelly House, and hope to complete this some time in 2019-20 – watch this space!
Finally, a quick plug for the first book by my ‘significant other’ Wendy Berliner, the ‘LadyQJ’ of my Twitter feed! Titled Great Minds and How to Grow Them: High Performance Learning, this went immediately into the Amazon bestseller lists on the back of her Guardian article, which summarises the main arguments of the book.