How Many Books Does it Take to Write a Book


Write what you know they say. Well as I wasn’t around 200 years ago there has to be an alternative way. So over the last few months I have been gathering my own rather arcane library of background material and references. Some are contemporary, big shout out to Lovelace & Babbage by the ridiculously talented Sidney Padua, some are historical Like Mayhew’s London  and Bradshaw’s Handbook (particularly useful if you want to know what pubs were around at the time) and some are tech support. This plus Wikipedia and my own ideas will form the basis of this first novel of a rather sketchily mapped out set of books. Everybody loves a good trilogy especially  in the fantasy/steampunk/alternate reality/grimdark seam I am going to mine and it also allows one to expand and develop your pocket universe. This is a concept I have loved since the days of Larry Niven and more recently the late great Iain M Banks wonderful universe of The Culture and Joe Abercrombie’s very hard nosed First World novels. Of course no discussion of pocket universe’s can pass without mentioning Terry Pratchet’s Discworld so I have. Actually Discworld (surely you don’t need a link for this?)is also an influence from the contemporary narrative parallels that formed a core part of Pratchet’s books. The difference here is that I don’t have to go looking for them. Victorian society is a mirror of our own and history truly does just repeat itself, all you have to do is just exaggerate it a little. Oh and some of the eagle eyed amongst you may spot the autobiography of Lemmy in the pile. WTF is he doing there you might well ask. To which I reply wait and see………


About lighthouseindesert

I am a recently deliberately unemployed individual who has decided somewhat foolishly to write a novel
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