Auto 2 cover V1

I’m pleased to be part of this blog tour, which invites authors to reveal a little about their current work in progress. Sometimes authors can be guilty of hiding themselves away from the world when working on a book (or maybe that’s just me!), so this is a nice way to let a little air into the process.

My thanks to Michael Brookes who kindly nominated me to continue the tour.  Michael is a writer of highly imaginative fiction including science fiction and horror, and is currently working on The Church of Virtual Saints which is a sequel to his earlier thriller Faust 2.0. Read his blog post to find out more.

So, there are some strict guidelines for this blog tour:

1. Link back to the post of the person who nominated you.
2. Write a little about and give the first sentence of the first three chapters of your current work in progress.
3. Nominate some other writers to do the same.

The work in progress for me is Auto 2. No prizes for guessing that this is also a sequel, to my 2013 novel Auto. This is a continuation of the Auto Series which looks at how social media might evolve over the next decade. By the year 2022, everyone is using an auto, a sophisticated super-app that mimics your online behaviour and organises your life on your behalf.

Auto 2 picks up where the first book ends and follows the central character Joanna O’Donnell. A digital detective, she has been investigating stories of autos going out of control. Having had her world twisted inside-out, Joanna begins the book picking up the pieces, before a shocking event that affects her family comes out of nowhere.

Auto 2 tells a technothriller story while also looking askance at modern technology and how it affects our lives. Autos themselves are a super-advanced version of Siri or Cortana, and the characters in this future rely even more on the internet than we do today.

As with the first book, Auto 2 is not divided into chapters but comprised of short stories that are self-contained to a degree, while also meshing together as a novel. So the opening lines of the first three stories are:

Update

Joanna O’Donnell wants to run away when people start arriving. But she forces herself to stand still, beside the gravestones.

Hotspot

Finally, she’s in! She made it!

11.28pm Saturday 18 June 2022
Siobhan O’Donnell is at
CHOON® London, The Quad,
Coal Street, London N1 9WW

Tag

Jay’s ultrabike cruises around the housing estate courtyard by itself. He sits upright on its pillion, tapping away at a portable tablet.

 

You can buy and read Hotspot and Tag right now as both have been published as standalone eBooks. I can also reveal that the titles of the remaining stories are Save, Profile, Run, Shutdown and Escape. But you’ll have to wait until Auto 2 is published to read those!

As for when that will be… I’m going to say Summer 2015, because it’s my blog and I can say whatever I like.

Finally, my turn to nominate authors to continue this blog tour.

Cecilia Peartree is literally a woman of mystery, especially cosy and historical mysteries, and is well known for her Pitkirtly series. She seems to write more in a month than I do in a year, so is bound to have several works in progress to choose from!

Nav Logan  has gained a reputation as a master of the fantasy genre with his epic Storm-Bringer Saga. He is also unstoppable when it comes to drabbles and short stories and will probably need his own Amazon to contain them before long.