I’ve had some very encouraging comments lately regarding the Doctor Schmidt books, A LIFE ONCE HAD, and A NEW BEGINNING, not to mention my other three books. But one reader commented she would welcome a third novel about Doctor Schmidt. Originally the two books were written as one – but in two parts. When I realised it would be a bumper read at 260,000 words, and more, I published the two parts separately, as they did stand alone.
As a writer I like to write about different characters, and as you have probably noticed, a bit-part character in my first novel, TALE OF TWO WOMEN, ran to a full-length biographical fiction novel, TO THE EDGE AND BACK. But the character, John Rhys Thomas, has now run his course, and will bow-out for good in my latest novel which is now available on Amazon – OPERATION MAINSPRING.
During the writing of this latest book, though, I came across two policemen, an Inspector Jones, and a Sergeant Watkins, and I am now considering these two characters might make top-billing in a second crime/thriller/mystery novel. Also, the character Heinrich Beckmann in the story, FORBIDDEN LIAISON, might still have legs as he becomes a Prisoner of War and shipped off to North Yorkshire and a POW camp: I knew all this before I wrote the book, because I always know the back-story to my characters. Knowing everything there is to know about a character – past, present and future – makes them whole when I am writing about them, but I can only take them so far.
Going back to the comment by one of my readers – namely Winifred – I asked myself, ‘Should I write another Doctor Schmidt book?’ I could, but a funny thing happened the other night which has steered me in a different direction. It’s a first for me, as I have never woken up in the early hours with three characters materialising in my head. Since that night I just can’t get rid of them, so I carried out some research as to how these characters might meet and how the story might develop. I am rather liking it.