Author’s update

by Author | July 3rd, 2010

This month has been a busy one, both for me personally and for the book itself. I’ve been away on a number of research trips for the prequel which I am now busily writing, and hoping to get published for the end of the year if possible. The recent spate of very kind and favourable reviews has acted as something of a spur to my writing, along with the news that the book is selling well for a new author. I also notice that the well respected wargames hobby magazine, Wargames Illustrated is planning to publish an early-World War II themed edition in August which looks interesting and makes me realise that Seelowe Nord is packed with interesting little scenarios that would be perfect for wargamers. The scenarios could be run as small skirmish games, or even developed into a campaign series of games. Actually, the genesis of the book came from a real wargame that I devised whilst I was a serving soldier. The idea was to run a command training exercise using a fictional invasion of Britain scenario, but due to operational commitments the exercise never took place. I kept the scenario in my pocket and developed it to produce Seelowe Nord.

In terms of future updates, there is another series of battlefield photos coming up, along with several more battlefield maps. I am currently trying to source a decent and affordable map illustrator, in order to include one in the prequel. I still regret not doing so for Seelowe Nord, but you learn by experience I suppose!

Another thought of mine is that I may veer away from World War II novels after the prequel and try something else? It will undoubtedly be of a military or fantasy fiction nature and I have several really exciting projects in mind. Some will require no research, whilst others will involve extensive research. Perhaps I might run a poll on this site to see what kind of novels you would like to see from me? At the end of the day, I want to write what people want to read, so maybe I’ll be asking for your preferences in the not too distant future? In the meantime, on with the prequel – Jackson, Brooke, Gerring and Dulman must all march again, along with several other favourites from Seelowe Nord.

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Seelöwe Nord is the online home of Andy Johnson, a war fiction novelist. Seelöwe Nord is a war novel that tells the alternative history of Operation Sealion, the proposed German invasion of Britain in 1940. Followed by Thunder in May, and the recently released Crucible of Fate, the trilogy of War Fiction remains a popular read within the genre.

Andy has also started to publish small Leadership and Management Booklets drawing from his extensive experience across many sectors and industries, both military and civilian, the first of which is entitled Captains of the Gate and is now available for download on eReaders directly from Amazon.