This is the first novel in the Earth Haven trilogy. I wrote the first draft in nine feverish weeks in spring and early summer of 2013. That’s quite slow by some writers’ standards, but it’s pretty quick by mine as I fit writing around a full-time job.
The ideas which underpin the Earth Haven books were first tentatively explored in a short story written some ten years or more previously: The Third Coming (which, incidentally, can be found in the collection Pond Life). The notion of a deadly plague being spread deliberately by a group composed of individuals who aren’t human yet have lived amongst us unnoticed for millennia had kicked around in the dusty recesses of my mind for those ten years. I guess it was time to expel it.