The Erindale Tales
are a series of novels set on the banks of the Erindale River, which flows through Erindale, an imaginary land similar to early 19th century Britain, as viewed in nostalgic remembrance of "simpler" times. The Foreword to Two Pigs and a Chicken
describes the setting:
Two Pigs and a Chicken
, the first of the Erindale Tales, is the story of Gael, a farmer who barters two pigs and a chicken for a half-starved girl, and gets more than he bargained for. It was originally meant to stand on its own, but even before it was in print I received insistent "requests" for a sequel from those who read preliminary drafts, fell in love with its characters, and wanted to read more about them.
The resulting sequel, The Maiden All Forlorn
, kept growing until it was too long and complex to be published as a single novel. In the end I broke it into three novels, and added three more to expand upon its original storyline. The six volumes tell a tale spanning forty years and three generations, ending a few years after Two Pigs and a Chicken
, so they are to a certain extent prequels, as well as sequels. (An Author's Note
at the end of The Maiden All Forlorn
, which was published in July 2010, clarifies the timeline and setting of the series.)
I originally expected to work on the series in earnest to ensure that new volumes were published every year or so, but due to an extended illness and a contractual commitment to finish the first Kingdom of the Sun Story
beforehand, things were set back a bit. However, all problems were resolved by mid 2016, and as a result the third Erindale Tale
, An Unsuitable Suit
, was published in 2017, and the fourth one, A Change of Hearts
, should be published in 2018.