A former member of my writers’ circle, Jeremy Duns, recently landed a three-book deal with Simon and Schuster (Viking in the US), and another current member, Leila Rasheed, is about to be commissioned to write two more books (in addition to the three already either published or commissioned). Well, we’re all published authors (that’s one of the conditions for belonging to the circle). Nevertheless, when we hear such good news (which we always celebrate) we collectively joke that it is only a matter of time for the rest of us. In my case, I’m afraid that means rather a lot of time. Choosing to write a saga whilst holding down a big job was, possibly, slightly unwise. Oh well. It will keep me young, as they say. By the way, you can read extracts and the first chapter of Dun’s Free Agent on his website (link above).