The Erindale Tales
are a series of novels mostly set on the banks of the Erindale River, which flows through Erindale, an imaginary land similar to early 19th century Britain or America, as viewed with nostalgic remembrance of "simpler" times. The Foreword to Two Pigs and a Chicken
describes the setting:
Two Pigs and a Chicken
There is a land which exists not in ordinary space and time, but only in our collective imaginations. A land where, far removed from the turmoil and strife of great cities and kingdoms, good men can live simple, honest lives, and pass on their values, little changed by the passage of time, to their sons and grandsons, and from them to their sons and grandsons.
In such a land, romance often takes root and grows. Of course, even for the people who live in such a place, things are not always as easy or as pleasant as we might want to imagine; but when true love blossoms, they — and we — can enjoy a truly magical experience.
, the first of the Erindale Tales, is the story of Gael, a farmer who barters two pigs and a chicken for a 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 to be published as a single novel. In the end I broke it into three novels, and added three more to expand upon the 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, establishes the tone 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 have now been successfully resolved, I have returned to work on the Erindale Tales
, and the next volume (An Unsuitable Suit
) will be in print in early 2017, and the following one (Too Many Beaux
) should be in print in late 2017.