Keith Gascoigne

Writer’s Blog


Writing the next books
What is Wrong with Us and Renaissance

After far too long getting three books converted to epub, finding out about epublishing, selecting suitable sales channels, etc. I can now get back to my first love – writing.

I am writing what might be my final nonfiction book with the working title of What is Wrong with Us before I restart writing fiction. I have already written a full length satire but I am unsure how my readers will accept it as it is full of humor and some of it risqué. I have been told that readers like authors to stick to one genre but I might decide to use a pseudonym. Ian Banks did this with his choice of adding an ‘M’ to his name to satisfy reader and publisher expectations of him but as I am both author and publisher I can please myself.

Does ‘K C Gasgoigne’ have the right flavor? ‘Cuthbert’ was one of my nicknames for many years and it does have a resonance here in northern England. My french name was Kit [ki:t] (sounds like ‘Keet’) mainly because most of the french and the dutch people I knew there could not pronounce the final ‘th’ and I got used to that but it isn’t different enough. I could use ‘Carlin’ which is one from my father’s family names or ‘Wibberley’, which is another early name from my mother’s family but what’s in a name? OK, ‘Shakespeare’ will do but ‘Keith Shakespeare’ doesn’t have the ring of authenticity about it.

I have been collecting material – ideas and quotes - for around 3 years for this What is Wrong with Us project but it is still a daunting task and I am not sure if it will become a full length typescript or remain a half-finished idea. I’ll see.

A problem with writing serious books is that the humor inside me wants to get out. Humor is a necessary antidote to the appalling mess that the politicians and bankers are making of our society. Humor is also a force that many autocratic governments fear.

I have already started gathering ideas, thoughts and doing research for my next fiction book, which has the working title of Renaissance. I think that is an apt title for what I have planned for the characters but characters have a way interacting and changing the plot. I need to do a lot of research because there is no chance of me ever visiting the location for this book which is extremely extreme and can easily be terminal as a group of scientists nearly found out a few years ago.

It will be good to be ‘creative’ rather than having to stick to facts all the time and most people would rather read works of fiction.

A few of the characters (the survivors) will appear in a subsequent book already growing in my mind. In fact, it simply popped into my mind whole early one morning and I leapt out of bed to scribble it down. The working title for that might be The Few but that is just a convenient name for me at the moment. The first part will be somewhat dystopian but I think it might change part-way through or at least show hope for the future. I’ll see.

So my first two fiction books for some years might become a trilogy of sorts. Who knows? (Maybe Şeşat will let me know - when she is ready?)