The big news is that CURTAINS will be published this year, both as a kindle edition & as a paperback original (Cherwell imprint). I’m in mid-edit at the moment and could be on to galley proofs next week (provided I don’t get too diverted by the fact that the pool hasn’t been tiled because it keeps raining and the house is far from ready for the first guests at the end of the month. Focus, Drew, focus!!!)
“I feel the need, for the sake of my sanity, to begin this very personal memoir immediately – before the future becomes the present and the present becomes the past. Even the recent past is a fragile entity, more than a little at the mercy of memory.”
Danny Devereux is a shy and introverted cabaret performer with an astounding talent for mimicry, a raucous and controlling alter-ego named Stella and a preoccupation with curtains. He has been working the London circuit for years when he unwittingly acquires the ultra-ambitious Veronica ‘Roni’ Bedford as his manager then wife. Her relentless drive propels him to stellar heights of television success.
One television series leads to another, but all is not harmonious in the celebrity household, even before a major scandal hits the headlines.
In self-induced exile in a luxurious Thames-side apartment, Danny looks back on the power games involved in his reluctant but meteoric rise to fame and spectacular fall from grace as he engineers a plan to vindicate himself. Will he succeed in his attempt to make appearance triumph over reality?
I’ve been beavering away at THE GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER since I got back to Malta from a very pleasurable & eventful family Christmas in Northamptonshire – the highlight of which was fitting a chimney to the Book Shed – & New Year in London – the highlight of which was NYE at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern.
Having been keeping up an average output of 3,000 words a day (and feeling quite good about it), I’ve just learned that Jean Paul Sartre was capable of writing 20,000! Am trying to use it as an aim rather than a discouragement.
Onwards & upwards…
Not usually one for ‘self-help’ titles, I chanced upon this one by accident. To be honest, I was quite rudely reading it over my friend’s shoulder and he kindly offered to lend it to me when he’s finished it. All I can say is that is confirmed a lot and – more importantly – offered solutions to problems and traits I had grown so accustomed to I thought they’d be with me for life. Thanks Damien and thanks Alan Down (the author). I’m not going to drone on about it (evangelists not being my favourite sort), but feel truly empowered and revitalised…
The temperatures here in Malta are soaring. I’m scared to look at the thermometer because it’s almost too hot to cope. At least it seems to have calmed the MMM down a bit – she behaved impeccably when we met to do the weekly housekeeping in Zebbug. Mind you, she’s off to the Costa Brava next week, so is no doubt revving up to hurl herself at the Spanish men.
I was very pleasantly surprised to see WHAT A PERFORMANCE in Amazon’s ‘Movers & Shakers’ list It’s in at 6th place (up 180% from 812 to 290). Along with a favourable review earlier in the week – ‘A great fast-paced read with a clever plot. Funny, sad, gripping and entertaining. In a nutshell, Agatha Christie meets Armistead Maupin’ – things are looking good for that little tale of murder & intrigue in the West End…
Meanwhile, I’ve finally sorted out the best (I think) order in which to work on my current projects:
1) BEASTWAGON – which is all but complete to my satisfaction (which it damn well should be since I started it twenty years ago, not to mention selling the film rights a decade later) – needs some tweaking at the beginning. I’ve engineered a new prologue (actually, it’s prologue number 4) and at the moment it’s at no.19 on YOUWRITEON.
2) WALKING ON EGGSHELLS (London Legends 3) – notes accumulating by the day. I’ll really get going on it once I’ve got BW done & dusted.
3) WILDE – Emilia Wilde’s character is taking shape, but there’s still a lot of planning & development to do before I can really get going.
In addition, CHASING YOUR TAIL (tv pilot) is finished. Still no word. Should I send it somewhere else? There’s also THE GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER (series of 4 radio plays), for which all the research is done and characters developed – in fact, 2 plays are almost completed.
So perhaps this means I haven’t in reality sorted out what I’m doing…
Just when it felt as if life really wasn’t worth living, along came this marvellous book to cheer me up and point me in the right direction again. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not mindless happy happy stuff ; it has its fair share of tear-jerking moments, is well-written, well-structured and definitely worth a read.
Available on Kindle now.