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For those who wonder what Surval’s bridge would have looked like, well, this is the one I was thinking of at the time. Mad Monk of Gidleigh was a fun book to write, for me. I had thought that I was going to write a fairly short book for once. My contracts normally demand that I write about 90,000 words, but I’ve never been below 110,000. Except Mad Monk seemed to be coming in at about 100,000. I was delighted. At last I was achieving the sort of size Headline wanted. But then I saw one little red herring which I hadn’t quite tied up properly. Finishing that meant a siege, a fire and a battle . . . and the book ended up at 150,000. Easily my biggest book!

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