I have come up with a title for my new book, finally. I have decided on Half. It is enigmatic enough I think, but also important to the story.
Set in Northumberland in 1985, Half is a story about grooming and radicalisation, and how manipulative adults use children to fight their battles for them. Carl Robinson, an immature 14 year old paperboy is manipulated by his charismatic cousin into framing an innocent family for a violent hate crime, only realising too late that he has been duped. The story is told entirely from the point of view of Carl, who does not understand his cousin’s criminal motives, and believes himself caught up in a political struggle in a small community struggling to deal with social change, and the impact of faraway events.
The writing is going OK - not as quickly as I would like, but the end product is much stronger than previous stuff I've written. I have two strong chapters so far, and Carl's voice and the detail of his world both feel authentic. Hopefully I can find some time over Easter to get further on. My plan for the story and characters is very clear so I feel confident I can keep it readable and interesting. We'll see.