I've just sent of HE WHO FIGHTS to an editor to look at the book. I really enjoyed my reread of it but who knows — I'm so close to it at the moment, I have no subjective opinion.
It will take a few weeks for the editor to get back to me so I'm going to enjoy some guilt-free time where I don't have to worry about writing. Just go to the gym and have fun. I have my idea for my next book to ponder anyway so I'll allow that to simmer.
Its a sci-fi spy yarn so I'm going to watch a lot of Bourne/Bond/spy films to get inspired.
Funny looking back on HWF. My original idea was to write a fantasy western, a swords and sorcery Man With No Name. The book is very different from the initial first draft (OMG how different!) but I think I've managed to stay true to that hope.
I know I'm a much better than when I wrote CRY HAVOC and SWITCH/BLADE - I'm better than when I first started HWF — but I've never come closer to giving up than while I was writing this book. Its been tough. Tougher than anything I've done. So I'm just proud that its finished for now.