First of all I would like to thank all of those readers who took part in the survey both in social media and by personal contact. Whilst the numbers were somewhat smaller than I’d hoped, there was a clear trend in the returns. By almost 3 to 1, the vote was in favour of starting the new family saga, Amber Mills instead of the fourth book of the Glassmaker series. It is not my intention to abandon this book altogether, but to write it at a later date.
I am planning two books at the moment in the new series. The first is provisionally titled, Amber Mills Revolution, the story of the founding family, the Shaws. The second book, has the provisional title of Amber Mills Evolution, telling the story of the interlinked family the Hursts, the Shaws successors.
The books are set in the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire borders at the start of the industrial revolution in the cotton spinning and hosiery industries in the latter part of the 18th century. This was an era of huge change and turmoil as the entrepreneurs set up the factories with the Luddites striving to prevent them, destroying lives and the machines as they fought to preserve the status quo. More later