This year has been rather unexpected for all of us, and like many of us, I was struck by the consequences of COVID-19. I am still very lucky, because my situation allows me to have time to write. I remember a previous article in which I complained that I didn’t have enough time for it. Today I no longer have the professional excuse to do so. I can devote three quarters of my time to writing, but I can preserve the space to find a job.
Several people have written to me asking when my next book will be, so here is basically the answer I was able to give to a few.
“Having time” means that I am dedicated to much more diverse projects. I undertook the translation of my novels into English. I finish the “Marcus Antonius Primus Conspiracy.” I hope it will be published towards the end of the year in the United States and the United Kingdom. By the way it allows me to revise the French edition as I progress in translation. This was followed by “Massilia” and “The Devil’s Abyss” (a book that for editorial reasons I had to divide into two volumes: “Margaux” and “The Temple of Hades”).
At the same time I continue the investigations of Lucius Apex, to write a sequel to Massilia. I don’t have a title yet, but the story is announced in the last chapter of Massilia. I remember many complaining that I hadn’t done it before I devoted myself to the “Devil’s Gap. However, I needed to move on, after spending more than four years with Lucius Apex. I hope that this book will be published towards the end of the year, although it would be more prudent to lean towards January – February 2021.
I finally have a third project in my boxes. I would like to write a novel, still in Roman times and around 80 A.D. J.C., but this time focusing on the family and daily life of the Roman people in the province. I envision the adventures of a doctor and his daughter moving to Forum Julii (Fréjus), where I have my ties. I’m still in the preparatory phase, I don’t have the story, but only the context (if a few of you have suggestions, you’re welcome).
I need your help to do that. I am looking for documents on Roman medicine as well as on cooking at that time. If any of you can provide me with sources, I would appreciate it if you could contact me here. I would like to be able to give a vision close to historical reality, at least on its two aspects that I do not yet master.
Here, summarised in a few lines, are the literary projects that will keep me busy until the end of the year.