I have just typed the last words of the first draft of my fifth novel which I am tentatively calling LIVING WITH THE HEADLESS MULE. It is both a sequel and a prequel to my first novel LIVING WITH SACI following the life of Brazilian teacher Teresa da Silva as she struggles to be reunited with her daughter in England.
In LIVING WITH SACI, Teresa met a man whom she suspected might have been a character from Brazilian folklore called Saci Perere. LIVING WITH THE HEADLESS MULE takes another Brazilian folk story as inspiration – the story of Mula Sem Cabeça or the headless mule.
In the folk tale, the ghost of a woman has been condemned by God to take the form of a mule with fire for a head in retribution for fornication with a priest within a church. In LIVING WITH THE HEADLESS MULE, Teresa meets a priest, or rather a pastor, but the relationship soon becomes complicated.
The story is intertwined with chapters which reveal more of the backstory to LIVING WITH SACI and her desire to be reunited with her daughter is present throughout.
Like my first novel, LIVING WITH THE HEADLESS MULE promises to be a similar brand of romantic suspense with perhaps a little more spice than its predecessor.
The manuscript will now go into a virtual drawer for a couple of months before I start rewriting it but, if all goes well, I hope to launch the book around the end of July.
Now it is onto the next project and tomorrow I will write the first words of the first in a series of 36 (yes you read that correct) sci-fi novellas. The plan is to write three novellas and one novel a year. I hope that the first three novellas will be launched in January 2020. Watch this space.