I’ve got that ‘hooray’ feeling! On Tuesday, I completed the first draft of ‘Expulsion’ and I’m quite pleased with myself! As I’ve said, It’s a novel set in the context of the expulsion in 1609 – 14 of the Muslims from Spain to Africa. It’s a horrible part of Spain’s past and this, I think, is the first novel about it. I use Juan Hidalgo’s father as my main character. Juan was the main character in The Harpist of Madrid. so this is another prequel. The first is The Emerald of Burgos.
It will take a good few months to get the book into print and I hope Olympia, my publisher, will like it enough! There are over 168,000 words and some of them, maybe up to 10%, may have to go! And I may just write a brief non-boring historical postscript. I’ll see!