Usually I don't care for being interrupted in the middle of writing, and particularly not when I'm in the closing stages of a book, as is currently the case. But on this occasion I didn't mind at all.
I've been away for a few days in Kent, at the Metropolitan Police's Specialist Training Centre. This is a compound centred around a mock town where officers are drilled in all elements of crowd and riot control.
I've been learning how to survive while working in a riot, and an extraordinary experience it's been. The last time I was in anything similar was back in the 90s in Luton, and I'd forgotten how frightening it can be. The training is very realistic, even to the extent that petrol bombs were being thrown. And that certainly concentrates the mind!
Anyway, I'm back home now, writing again, and just getting back into it. It's amazing how fast you can lose your flow if you leave it for a few days.
So, following a familar bit of Hall rambling, the point of the blog is this. For around a year now I've had an idea about how the tvdetective series of books might end (but not for a few novels yet, all being well and you kind people continuing to read the things!). It's slowly coming together, and the training gave me a thought about what part of the book could contain.
Now, I'm aware I can get over excited and give a little too much away sometimes, and authors are supposed to be mysterious, so I'll stop there, except to say this - I hope the last book might just explain something rather fundamental about the main character and finally explain how he can do what he does and why he is the way he is.
Enough now, before I say too much! But one final thought - if you're around Tavistock on Thurs evening (24th March), I'm in town as part of a fine event to celebrate historical fiction. There are more details on the News and Events page - www.thetvdetective.com/news.html
Until the next time...