Author’s update – January 2011

by Author | January 20th, 2011

My apologies for not updating the website for several weeks, but I have been a little busy. Apart from bringing to an end a long running project focussing on Remembrance activities, I’ve also been driving on with the prequel to Seelowe Nord. Anyway, I thought I would just take a few minutes to update everyone on the latest news:

SEELOWE NORD: The novel sees its first anniversary on 1st February 2011 and I am pleased to say that I am able to measure its sales in thousands rather than hundreds, which is excellent news for the two UK Military Charities that I am supporting in the financial year 10/11, those being the Charitable (Casualty) Fund of the Coldstream Guards and the Army Benevolent Fund (now known as ABF: The Soldiers’ Charity). The book sold extremely well in the run up to Christmas and I would like to say a huge thank you to all those readers who got in touch with their kind comments and constructive ideas. I am especially grateful to those readers who went as far as recording their 5 star reviews on amazon.co.uk and I can only hope that the word continues to spread and Seelowe Nord is able to continue selling well in aid of my nominated charities. In order to mark the first anniversary of the novel’s publication, I have been steadily putting together more battle maps for use by the many wargamers who have found inspiration in the novel, and these will be uploaded in the not too distant future.

THE PREQUEL: I have finally got to the half way point with the prequel and it is gathering momentum as I head towards my planned release date of Summer 2011. It has taken a little more time than Seelowe Nord for various reasons, not least of all because the events described in the prequel really did happen and thus I have had to do my best to stick to the historical fact as much as possible. As with Seelowe Nord however, the prequel will use artistic license in order to dramatise certain events. Readers will see the return of some of their favourite characters, both fictional and historical, and like Seelowe Nord, I have written it in the same snapshot style and with similar levels of tempo and action. As with all of my books, a percentage of profits will always go to UK military charities. I do have a title for the prequel, but will keep it under wraps until the book is in the final stages of publication. I am just in the process of sourcing a suitable image for the cover.

WHAT THEN? Once the prequel is published, I will then be in something of a dilemma. I have written a follow up to Seelowe Nord due to the demand from readers, although it was never planned as a series of books. That said, there is now a growing sentiment amongst readers that I should develop the adventures of Sergeant Jackson into a full series of World War Two action novels. I am keen not to be seen as simply trying to regurgitate a 20th century version of Bernard Cornwell’s excellent Sharpe series so will have to give it some thought. I do have an idea for several more World War Two themed books, but done in a slightly different style. We shall have to see. In addition to all of this, I have initial drafts of half a dozen other novels that I would like to write (one is a third complete actually!) which are all action-packed stories; some of them historically based, others more in the realm of fantasy fiction. I really don’t know where the future will take me with this, but I can only wait and see.

In summary, I would like to thank all those of you who gambled on an unknown author and purchased Seelowe Nord. I am glad that everyone seems to be quite pleased with it and I am humbled by some of the very nice reviews that have been written. Please tell your friends about Seelowe Nord and keep your eye open for the prequel this summer. Remember, every copy sold is good news for some very worthwhile charities.

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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.