I feel very privileged that so many of you have supported me through this great adventure, in spite of a shaking start with stories under 40 thousand words and not thinking it would sell more than 10 copies; the Trilogy has shown that there are some people out there who don't mind my very English story lines. However I should warn those who have repeatedly said they liked all the characters, each of the next three stories focus on fewer of the old people and more time is spent away from Cranford Hall itself.
But successful or not, I know that I owe a great deal to so many of you who have suggested ways and means to improve my marketing and story-telling skills, and whose own books have inspired and educated me. I have to mention them here, Jack needham, Ian Hutson, H.S Clark, Gary C King, Dan Pollock, Glenn J Soucy, Douglas Wickard and Gary Dolman.
I like each book and author for different reasons, but Gary C. King controls all flowery language, describing real murders and exposing real motives. Thanks Gary, very helpful!
But I particularly wish to thank Tamela Lewis, the first to make me realise I could go for International Markets and then the ever faithful and dearest of men, Patrick Russell, who in spite of his own visual challenges has supported me throughout.
I will be 74 in January, so the next challenge is to go for a full length novel of over 100 thousand words. I've no doubt the pub, The Bells of Lower Peover, will be writ large in the plot. If I had the where with all, we could all have a drink there one sunny day sitting in the garden.