If you are, I’ve just found out that you can request review copies of Tales of New Mexico directly from the editor of Black Shuck Books at this email address:
While you’re waiting for me to finish my next novel, you can read two dark stories set in the south-west of America.
If you’re a Goodreads person, it’s ready to add to your shelves.
If you’d like to buy direct from Black Shuck Books, go here.
Or, if you prefer those other folk, who keep all their stock in a floating warehouse in the South American rainforest, you can go here.
Happy reading and keep a change of underwear handy!
It’ll be several months before there’s much more I can really tell you about this, however, I thought I ought to let you know you that I am writing a new novel. So, if I seem a little distant or otherwise preoccupied, it’s because I am spending almost every hour of the day living in (and writing down in story form) a total and utter fantasy.
Rest assured, however, that less tweeting, updating and blogging is leading to something far superior to and, I hope, more enduring than, any links, pics or blather I might otherwise share online.
What’s the book about?
Well, all I’ll say at this very early stage is that it’s epic fantasy and by far the most unusual thing I’ve written. It’s ecological/environmental to a degree and is an idea that has been gestating for well over twenty years.
In fact, this was the first novel I ever tried to write and never came close to completing – there’ve been a few of those, though it happens less often these days, I’m glad to say. A few months ago, I was telling my daughter about the world I’d envisioned and the story that might have unfolded. She said, “Dad, you should go back to the beginning and write that story again.”
So that’s what I’m doing.
I may check in a couple more times before Christmas but, for the foreseeable, it’s head down and no distractions.
Even if I manage to finish it this time, there is, as usual, no guarantee that this novel will even see publication. But which writer ever let that stop them doing what they were born to do?
See you soon and thanks for your patience.
I sent the edits back to Great British Horror yesterday, so I think you might see this book published before the month is out…
You can pre-order by clicking on the cover image or find out more about the book from a previous post.
Read a book recently? Do you, like me, LOVE books and stories?
If so, and you haven’t had the time to do this yet, go and rate the books you’ve enjoyed. It only takes a few seconds to do and, whether you realise it or not, it makes a difference.
These days, consumer-led assessment of quality affects everything – Tripadvisor is a brilliant example of this – and the publishing business is no different. Your rating of a book affects the purchasing choices of the people who come to a product after you. They’re much more likely to risk their hard-earned wages on something that other people have liked and rated before them.
Why is this important? Because it could mean the difference between an author staying an author or going back to her day job. This is as true for me as anyone else.
So, please, if you’ve got a spare moment, leave a rating of your favourite books and keep the people who write them in a job!
And, if you have several spare moments, go a step further and add a review to your rating. It all adds up to something.
Only on the internet can you move house and stay in the same place simultaneously.
So I gave it a try. The result: my brand new shiny website!
I’ll hang around here, as usual, sharing my latest publishing news and literary views but it felt like time for some new energy.
TEASER: They say it’s an ill wind that blows no good, so, after a long period that will appear ‘fallow’ to the casual observer, there may be some really exciting news on the way. More soon…
Writers – of fiction, I mean – occupy the territory between magician, court jester and shaman.
They take the things we cannot clearly see about ourselves and make mirrors so that we can look at those things, at least a little more clearly.
It’s paradoxical, isn’t it, that though we, as writers, set out with fabrication as a goal, we can end up revealing something pure and unadulterated? And yet a writer of non-fiction, someone who strives for precision and factual detail actually blurs reality simply by passing it through their own lens.
Great fiction imparts great truths with a subtlety and depth that non-fiction never can.
So, get on with your writing and seek the truth wrapped up in stories…