Sunday, September 29, 2013

Lastnight is done - well the first draft, anyway!

I have just this minute written the final words of Lastnight, the fifth Jack Nightingale novel.

I'm exhausted but very happy because I think it's very, very good!


It came in at a whisker under 95,000 words, which is pretty much as I anticipated. I always knew the ending would work because I wrote that first, more than two months ago!

Like all books it's not completely done as it still has to be edited, but the plot is so tight I can't see there's much scope for changing things around. And yes, there's blood. A lot of blood....

Anyway, I'm off to celebrate with a few drinks. Then I have a Spider Shepherd book to write.

7 comments:

Nick said...

good news indeed, when is it likely to hit the shelves?

Stephen Leather said...

February next year! :-)

Claudia Chua said...

Yay! I really really can't wait! Congratulations on finishing the book! Your books are very detailed and I know that I will definitely love 'Lastnight' like I did for the rest of the Jack Nightingale series! Thank you!

Claudia Chua said...

Yay! Congratulations for finishing the book! I really really can't wait for it! I am definitely sure that I will love 'Lastnight' like as I did for the rest of the Jack Nightingale books! Your books are so detailed, and I love supernatural, thrillers, mysteries, and such. Thank you!

Imogen Parkinson said...

I'm also hoping that Lastnight won't be the final book of the series- these books are too good to finish! I'll miss Jack and Jenny with their Costas and croissants...

MommaCat said...

Would that be Feb in the US as well as the UK?

Stephen Leather said...

Yes, but only as an eBook in the US. But Hodder will sell the paperback worldwide...