Back in the Habit

It recently dawned on me that my fourth novel, University of Life, had its first birthday in February. It then dawned on me that I hadn’t written a word in anger since.

Elmore Leonard would be shaking his head in disgust at me. I subscribed to his 1,000 words a day logic and it worked like a dream. But after finishing University of Life, I decided to take a break from novels and concentrate on my first love: Film.

Two short films and a handful of screenplays later, I’m ready to start on a new batch of novels, and I’m excited where they’ll lead.

Bro-Dads is a romantic comedy about a happy couple that is thrown into turmoil when their children’s biological father comes back on the scene. But instead of the tried-and-tested ‘jealous Step Dad fights with real Dad’ bullshit we’ve seen a million times before, this story veers off in a different direction. The title probably gives you an idea of where it’s going…

The Mature Student follows Dean, a 19-year-old university freshman who finds himself lumbered with his 75-year-old Grandfather on the first day of moving into Halls of Residence. But this old chap is not the decrepit old fuddy-duddy he appears to be.

Hiding In Plain Sight tells the story of Carl, a British soldier sent home from Iraq after being injured by an IED, as he tries to find the friend and colleague who pulled him from the wreckage of their armoured vehicle. A routine search for a friend becomes something else entirely when Carl discovers who his friend really is, and why he is so difficult to find.

Limbodini is a horror-comedy about friendship, love and moving on. When Jim is killed in a car crash, his best friend George and Jim’s girlfriend Lucy find solace in each other, and eventually start dating. Jim isn’t best pleased, and returns to limbo in order to give George a hard time and ruin his burgeoning relationship.

President of the ‘Who Needs Him?’ Club is a boxing drama about a journeyman fighter who finds himself at the mercy of boxing politics after springing an upset on a hot prospect.

Five stories.

That’ll keep me going.

It’ll be interesting to see which ones get written and which ones fall by the wayside. As Tarantino once said: “I’ll never live long enough to make all the films in my head.”

The same applies here!

Time to get started.


2 thoughts on “Back in the Habit

  1. lgould171784 says:

    I’d be interested to know if you are able to write all of these stories simultaneously. Does that work for you, or do you find yourself concentrating on just one or two and setting the others aside?


    • Daley James Francis says:

      What I tend to do is roughly outline/plan the novels out, and then sit back and see which ones gravitate to the front of the queue. It usually means I write one at a time but I have the momentum to write them quickly, and one after the other.

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