by Author | June 19th, 2011

Well, what a busy few weeks it’s been! I have spent the last month going through the various proof-checks for the prequel, working with the publisher on the cover design and sorting out the all important map for the front of the book. (Still wish I’d put one in Seelowe Nord!) I am now expecting the final proof-check draft of the book and cover sometime before 24th June, and I’m hoping that all will be well after the detailed work we’ve done on it recently. All being well, we are still looking at a release date in July. 

At the same time, I’ve been looking through the numerous other novels I have sketched out, agonising over what to go for next. One moment I am looking at a Victorian Gothic Horror story, the next at either of the fantasy fiction trilogies I have come up with, whilst still being teased by the thought of turning the first two novels into a whole series of World War II fiction/dramatisation. The idea of sending the Seelowe Nord and Thunder in May characters off to the deserts of North Africa, Mountains of Italy, or Bocage of Normandy is very tempting, although I wince when I consider the research time bill it would incur. Regardless of what I choose, I suspect that most of the novels will end up with an awful lot of battle scenes in them!

On top of that, after no less than six presentations at various primary and secondary schools and invites to speak at charity events and the like, my wife has finally pursuaded me to go into public speaking as a business alongside my writing. Still thinking through the overall plan but expect I will be able to lecture on a range of subjects as a ‘voice of experience’. It will mean another website and an awful lot of rehearsal and travelling so just gathering my thougghts before I launch into it. Once Thunder in May is on the shelf I will probably get stuck into the plan properly.

Anyway – Thunder in May is just a few weeks away at most, so keep your eyes peeled for the series of launch material posts that will appear when the book hits the shelves.

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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.