On this page you can see the progress of James’ writing, from when he first had the ideas for the Intervention series, to launching his Facebook page and this website and all the way through to writing his most current book. As you will notice, progress varies over time depending upon James’ commitments to his day job and family.
Further detail will be added as it occurs and when time permits.
Chronology of James' Writing
James was buzzing as he finished book 2 – Intervention: Eavesdropper on 21 June 2014. He was so excited about the unusual plot and encouraged by all those interested people constantly asking when the next book would be published. Proof reading by James’ volunteers started almost immediately but it would be quite some time before James was able to arrange professional editing and publication.
Brimming with ideas and his research well underway, James started writing book 3 in August 2014. Excited by the completely different main and sub-plots and the new countries that Rob Krane was due to visit, James’ imagination was flying. However, writing slowed as James’ day job started to fill his mind and time during a very busy couple of years at the office.
Wondering if the thrill of receiving the proof for his second book would be the same as that for the first book, James had to wait patiently in anticipation for the day to arrive. When, on 7 May 2015, his wife called to say it had arrived, he could not wait to get home from the office. James was not disappointed, lifting the proof for the second book as equally thrilling!
On 18 July 2015 James was thrilled to announce the publication of Intervention: Eavesdroppers. As the second book in the Intervention series, Rob Krane and his companions visited new countries and became entangled in more mystery and intrigue. At times, they risked losing sight of their key objectives!
After trialling a lot of different designs and ideas, James launched his website on 12 November 2016. The purpose of the website is to support his writing by informing visitors about the Intervention series of books, the characters and himself. James intends the website to evolve over time and have regular updates, supporting and complimenting his Facebook page.
After a couple of extremely busy years at James’ day job, the draft manuscript for book 3 was eventually finished on 18 November 2016. Thinking about the plots, researching them and encouragement from readers kept James going – as did his own excitement at the prospect of just how Rob Krane and his companions faced up to the many challenges that came at them from all angles, often at the same time!
With new countries to visit and another terrifying plot to challenge Rob and his companions, James was keen to start writing book 4 as soon as he could – a mere 12 days after completing book 3. Knowing that the Christmas and New Year holiday was looming spurred him on. Notes and ideas for book 4 had been waiting for too long and Rob’s natural inquisitiveness meant he could not sit still!
After many months seeking a suitable and mutually acceptable literary agent or publisher to support James’ efforts to have his books published, James decided to self-publish once more. Undeterred by the challenges of the publishing industry, James therefore today started looking for a new route to self-publish his books.
Having spent too long fruitlessly trying to engage with elusive literary agents, James decided to continue with self-publishing. This day marked his commitment with a new company, Matador, which is a part of Troubador Publishing Ltd. As part of this new arrangement, James decided to re-publish the first two books in the series prior to the publication of Rob Krane’s subsequent adventures.
The completion of Rob Krane’s fourth, action-packed adventure is marked with exhaustion for both Laura Harding and himself. At the outset of this adventure, Rob and Laura were on separate holidays. By the end, both Laura and he are in real need of another holiday! James’ ideas for where that holiday could be and what may transpire are flowing … !
Having completed the high-octane action of book 4 barely two weeks earlier, James’ imagination was flying. Rob Krane, Laura Harding needed a relaxing holiday, but James has other plans for them! The ideas are vivid and flowing, but with a lot on coupled with wanting to re-edit his earlier books and have them re-published James’ writing of book 5 has been slower than he would like.