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Codename: Project Britannia

This is the working title of my major project for this year. Rather grandiose, I’m sure you will agree. But then it is turning into quite a monumental project, by all accounts. What started off as a commission to write one novel has now turned into what looks most likely to be a trilogy which will interweave a complex range of political and economic ideologies, presented as a lighthearted romp which can be enjoyed by a wide readership. I know, I know – it doesn’t sound like my usual style of a thigh-slapping knees-up with the main focus being on cups of tea and mysterious chaps in hats. There are some difficult and challenging concepts involved and the subject matter is verging on dystopian. But somehow I have to fuse the two into a jolly jape which exposes the dark machinations running our political classes and, ultimately, the world.

The first problem is that I don’t know anything about the dark machinations running the world. Luckily, I have on hand a leading Professor from a top university who understands all about this sort of thing and is kindly putting in many hours of personal tutoring to bring me up to speed on the governmental underworld, starting with the political and economic history of the UK since the Battle of Waterloo. It is a privilege and and unexpected opportunity to receive such eminent instruction, but I won’t pretend it isn’t a bit heavy going at times. Bloody interesting, though. Not to mention the fact that the irony of my situation is not lost on me – I have gone from mocking the academic elite to working alongside them.

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Academic excellence is achieved through smoking a lot of cigars, apparently

And that’s not all. Over the coming weeks and months I will be meeting with other notable characters (journalists, investigators, Prime Ministerial speechwriters and people whose exact jobs I will probably never discover) who will each lead me a little further down the rabbit hole, in the hope I can produce something revelatory in the form of accessible fiction. Although I am hoping to get a few good lunches out of it, I am, in truth, a little on edge about the whole matter.

Somehow, the worst of it is the constant reassurance of the guaranteed publicity and exposure the book(s) will receive. Whilst usually this would be any author’s dream, the subject matter and my natural inclination towards introversion makes me nervous.

But, then again, it presents opportunities for shenanigans and comfort zones have always been overrated, in my opinion. And there will definitely be some good lunches. What could possibly go wrong?

On top of all that, I will soon have exciting updates for PorterGirl – Sinister Dexter and Who Shot Tony Blair?, all of which means I find myself continually occupied at the present moment. These are tough times. Please send wine.

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The Writer Retreats

Tomorrow I shall be decamping from my Cambridgeshire lair and heading to not-quite-uncharted territory for a week or so.

Maybe somewhere pretty. Maybe not

The reasons for this are threefold – holibobs*, dedicated book writing time and shenanigans.

This looks like a recipe for shenanigans if ever I saw one

Blog activity during this time will be limited, although a Poirot episode will be published as normal on Monday. I will reply to comments as fastidiously as aforementioned writing and shenanigans allow. If you feel you might be missing me a little too much, no doubt I will be posting nonsense on Facebook and Twitter, almost certainly fuelled by alcohol and misdeeds.

Misdeeds start with a good breakfast

In the meantime, why not console yourself by pre-ordering the super new horror anthology, The Box Under The Bed, edited by our very own Dan Alatorre and featuring two terrifying tales by yours truly? Not just me, obviously, it also features some top notch scribes from across the globe.

 

 

 

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By the time I return on Monday 25th September, I will be a year older, most likely none the wiser and in all probability quite a bit fatter. The big pants are on standby.

Lucy x

*A small holiday

Any Requests? Lucy Brazier Live

Friday 23rd June 2017 7pm – 9pm live from Cambridge, UK

Wine makes everything more entertaining

Believe me, I’m just as sick of talking about my new book as you are of hearing about it. Buy it, don’t buy it, tell your friends to buy it – we all know the drill. However, publishers have certain expectations and never let it be said that I am one to disappoint. This Friday (emboldened by wine, no doubt) I will be appearing live on Facebook and Twitter for the viewing pleasure of you, dearest readers. You can ask questions about writing, books, what I had for breakfast (I like food-related questions) or just pop by to say hello.

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Questions about breakfast most welcome

Perhaps you would like to see one of my much-vaunted impressions? Disclaimer – I can only do two, a dalek and a cat.  Perhaps, Like FictionFan, you would like to know about hats. Anything. Everything. Whatever.

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The first time I wore a hat

There will be videos. There will be mischief. By god, there will be shenanigans. Join me…

Twitter – use #QPorterGirl or @portergirl100

Facebook – like the page and leave a comment

… or just leave a note right here in the comments section and I will include it in proceedings.

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There definitely won’t be any of this

Not for the faint-hearted or those of a nervous disposition

I almost forgot… buy my book, blah blah…

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