A Weird Feeling


I have a few announcements for you before I begin today’s post. The first is that the wonderful and very gifted author Elizabeth Guizzetti reviewed Here Lies Love on her blog. She awarded it 5 stars! I’m so thankful Elizabeth found something to enjoy in my book! Elizabeth is an extremely talented author who loves science fiction – you should check out her debut Other Systems – a very well-thought out book indeed.

Marshalls Yard poster picI also got tortured quizzed by the lovely Sharon Atkinson about Here Lies Love, my inspiration behind the book as well as who I’d love to play Abbey – the main character in the book. You can check out the brilliant interview here.

And finally I had the opportunity to have a poster of Here Lies Love to be put up in my local area. I have included a snap here for you. If you do see any of my posters out and about, please share them with me 🙂

Oooh, I almost forgot too – today is the LAST DAY for the Flash Sale on the kindle version of Here Lies Love. Only 99p in the UK / $1.70 in the US. If you fancy getting it before it goes up to full price – you can do so here –> UK / US

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A Weird Feeling

I’m feeling quite strange at the moment. Well, to do with my writing anyway. Here Lies Love has been quite well received by the people who have read it so far and I’m doing some promotion for the release all over the place – so expect to see a lot of tweets and posts regarding those. But despite Here Lies Love relatively new in the world, I’m already moving on to the next project.

If you’ve read the above interview with Sharon Atkinson, then you’ll know what my next project is. With a working title of The Golden Lyre, it is the sequel to my teenage fantasy novel The Black Petal. As some of you already know, The Black Petal has been signed to Ghostly Publishing and is scheduled for an early 2015 release. In fact you can preorder the paperback now with free international shipping available!

But, is it me or is writing a sequel to something not even released weird? I’m feeling a little strange about it. I’m not sure why, and I can’t really explain it either. I’m OCD when it comes to planning my books and I’ve just finished the plan for The Golden Lyre and it’s twenty-two pages long! I already have the chapter titles worked out, each with bullet point sentences of what is happening in the chapter.

Wrting and planningIt’s taken me about four weeks actually to get to the end of my plan. I need to let thoughts air around in my head for a bit to see where I’m going to go with each step and if it is the right direction. But now as I’m about to get started with the writing, I still can’t shake the feeling that The Black Petal isn’t close to release yet and I’m already plotting the destinies of the characters that make up the book. And the strangest thing is, is that I can’t share any teasers with you or talk through things with other people because they haven’t read the first one yet! How can I clarify and test notions out if 99.9% of people won’t know the back story.

I’m not rushing myself though. I’m taking this write through of the first draft as it comes. I’m not making deadlines for myself. I just want to get the first draft finished and done and then we’ll see where we are at. I mean it is July now. I would like to have the first draft done before Christmas ideally, but if it isn’t then I’m not going to scold myself. The Golden Lyre is going to be a bigger book than The Black Petal and so I want to make sure everything slots into place. I’ll be exploring the bigger world within as well as introducing some new characters.

Odysseus in front of Scyalla

I have been enjoying the research for this novel. Greek Myths are always a joy to re-familiarise myself with. I have made up a board on Pinterest and you can come and follow it with me if you like to see what possible things you could find inside the book when it is completed.

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