Author has written 65 stories for In a Savage Land, and Misc. Movies.
I've been a huge fan of the handsome and talented Rufus Sewell since "The Pillars of the Earth" and have loved as good as everything he's done so far, but the character that absolutely won my heart is the lovely and somewhat mysterious Mick Carpenter, the pearl trader from Bill Bennett's beautiful and sadly little-known 1999 movie "In a Savage Land", co-starring the equally lovely Maya Stange. Thanks to Bill and Jennifer Bennett for thinking up Mick and Evelyn, and thanks to Rufus and Maya for bringing them to on-screen life so wonderfully.
This film never left my thoughts for long ever since I watched it for the first time, wondering both about Mick's backstory and whatever might have happened after the bittersweet ending ... and suddenly there I was, writing fanfic and actually publishing here (not least because of the very kind and helpful support of the wonderful ladies of the Rooftop message board - thank y'all for encouraging me).
I have listed the chronology of the stories below. When I began writing about Mick and Evelyn, I just wanted to continue their story from the end of the movie that left so many questions open, but at some point I found myself thinking more and more about that fascinating and enigmatic man's backstory, feeling this had to be written first to lay a foundation for what would happen later.
Here's the timeline of my stories so far:
A small introductory piece (set post-IASL)
My Miracle (set around 1952)
The Telegram (1918)
The missing years
Sink Or Swim (1945)
Some little detours, based on minor characters
Home for Christmas (1955)
When I started writing about Mick, "My Miracle" was the first story and I thought I'd be done after a few little sketches of what happened after the movie's end, plus something about Mick's wartime experience. Project Carpenter then turned out to be far more epic than expected, as you can see.
Meanwhile, I have re-written some events from the period right after the movie, so these old stories don't actually match the plot or timeline of my big overarching narrative any more. I have taken them out of the listed chronology, but I don't have the heart to discard them completely either, so it's up to my readers to decide if they want to read them or not. These are the titles I'm talking about:
Early Days (1946)
A Long Way Home (1943-45, 1952)
So far, there's only "Season's Madness".
I have further branched out at least once with "His Mother's Favourite Son", based on the movie I took my nickname from.