This weekend, I celebrated finishing writing the fifth 5fingers novel - 5fingers: freedom - into the light - which is the last chapter in the series, out spring 2018. When you finish a book, you go through a huge range of emotions. More about that later. First, do you want to know how I celebrated over the weekend?
It was pretty low-key, to be honest. On Friday night I listened to this old live version of Prince playing Purple Rain - a couple of times. I’m not a mega-fan, but I love his panache and guitar soloing. Then, I played some more loud music and made home-made pizzas for my wife, three kids and a good friend. My soundtrack was Foo Fighters’ Run, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Sweet Home Alabama and Freebird and some old Guns n Roses.
We celebrated more over the weekend with sleep; salmon and scrambled eggs for breakfast, chicken fajitas and a chilled bottle of Prosecco; and a massive game of Risk with my boys that spanned Saturday and Sunday. Family, friends, food, music and games. Perfect.
In terms of the emotions, writing 5fingers has constituted the last 11 years of my life. I don’t mind admitting I cried when I finished. Writing is emotional - you carry a universe in your head; not to mention all the plot, locations, dialogue, continuity, emotional responses of the characters, and the style, culture and worldview. So much going on.
Now, it’s time to edit book 5; and then we embark on a two-year world book tour.
If you haven’t already, why not catch up on the 4 books in the series already published, (paperback or ebooks available) and be ready for the launch of the final instalment in the Spring of 2018. My publisher will be offering tickets to the launch party which, going by the last book launch she did for me, will have flowing drinks, great nibbles, live music and me reading excerpts from the series of 5 books! JRx
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Joshua Raven, novelist. Read about my writing and my life here. And have you discovered 5fingers yet?