Well - Riviera Rogues 2 went off to the publishers last week. Now we just have to wait to find out it they like it enough to publish it! Finishing a book is a big thing in my house, mainly as it means I have to do some cleaning. I hate cleaning, and the idea for a new book arrived ready made when I was just wrapping up the old one, so you can guess which I'd rather concentrate on. Whether the idea will be quite as ready made as it appears when I actually get stuck into it properly is a moot point. Things that seem complete in your head often turn out to have disconcerting holes in them, when you get right down to it. I am looking forward to finding out though, and visiting Portofino again, after a very long absence, if only in my head. And I have managed to clean the top floor of the house, so I get a gold star for that.
Today I have been reluctantly looking at the dining room, and the fluff under the sideboard. As it is National Writing Day though, I have decided to award myself an afternoon off and go after Riviera 3, currently titled The Villa in Portofino. Tomorrow the dining room - honest.
So far I have a heroine - Megan, a hero - Gideon and three potential female villains. I've not decided yet which will be the winner in the villainy stakes. I have a deserted villa, (no prizes for guessing where) an overgrown garden, a mysterious inheritance, some echos from the Second World War, a tragic poet (much earlier that the Second World War - contemporary of Shelly and Byron) a ruined tower, and a touch of gas lighting.
It is going to be a lot of fun. I have quite made up my mind.
Much more fun than the dust under the sideboard.