Apologies I haven’t been writing much on this blog recently, however that’s not to say I haven’t been writing – I’ve just chosen to make writing books the priority over writing blog posts, which I hope people understand. In fact, I am very pleased to say that I’ve just completed the first draft of my fourth novel, The Electric Detective. And this has been a long time coming, let me tell you. I started it in 2011, wrote 10,000 words, then scrapped them and started again. Then I wrote 23,000 words, scrapped them and started again. Then I took a break and wrote Time Rep: Continuum. Then I went back to this book, wrote 70,000 words, scrapped them, and started again. And now finally, on my fourth attempt, the book is complete, coming in at just a touch longer than the original Time Rep.
And I’m really, really happy with it.
So what is The Electric Detective, I hear you ask? Well, it’s basically a comedy science-fiction locked-room murder mystery set in the future. There – that’s a nice simple summary, right? The story follows Penelope, a droid who has been purpose-built to help the police solve a seemingly impossible crime – the murder of the CEO of DroidTec, killed by someone who can apparently vanish into thin air. However, as Penelope starts to unravel the mystery, she soon begins to wonder if the very people who built her are somehow involved, and that her closeness to the investigation has been orchestrated to help them tie up the loose ends as much as the police…
So yeah, that’s what it’s about. To give you a little taster of the tone I’m going for, here’s the opening paragraph:
There are very few people who can remember back to the day they were born. In fact most people will struggle to tell you what they were doing last Tuesday. Those who say they can remember being born are usually mistaken – more often than not, they’re either recalling a vivid dream they’ve mistaken for reality, or they’re lying. There are some people however, who truly can think back that far, and these people are very special indeed. Usually, the hippocampus (the part of the brain thought to be involved in structuring memories, not to be confused with a caravan park for travelling hippopotamuses) isn’t fully formed until early childhood, meaning that once you’re all grown up, things start to go a little hazy if you try and remember anything you experienced before the age of two. Unlike most people, Penelope could remember every single detail about being born. She could remember the first time she gained consciousness.The first thing she ever saw when she opened her eyes. The first sound she ever heard. Then again, that was only seven minutes ago, so this wasn’t much of an achievement in her view.
Anyway, that’s it for now. It’s taken six years, but I think we’re there.
Now I can get cracking with that third Time Rep…