It’s been an exciting week. Last Tuesday the news went public that I have signed a contract with Louise Walters Books for my second novella. It is as yet untitled, but is written and I’m looking forward to working with Louise on the editing process. Publication is scheduled for September 2020.
Here’s what Louise said about the story in her press release, which was picked up by both Bookbrunch and The Bookseller:
The lyrical, warm-hearted tale explores marriage, love, and longing, set against the unexpectedly majestic backdrop of Morecambe Bay, the faded glamour of the Midland Hotel, and the dance halls of Blackpool.
Cath sent me this short, bitter-sweet novel and I was captivated from the opening pages. Ted and Rene, the long-married couple at the centre of the story, tug at the heart strings in a quite extraordinary way. I can’t wait to start working with Cath.
The news provoked a bit of a twitter-storm and it was lovely to get so much support from fellow writers.
Morecambe Bay (photo by CB)
Happy New Year! And we’re nearly three weeks in already.
I’ve been doing final edits on my collection of short stories, The Garden of Earthly Delights. These stories are inspired by the extraordinary paintings and drawings of the Flemish artist Hieronymus Bosch. They will be winging their way in search of a publisher now.
And I’ll be getting on to other writing projects – developing a second novella, then pulling out the beginnings of a novel that I birthed doing NaNoWriMo, to see if that is going anywhere.
Meanwhile I’ll write flash pieces as and when.
Good luck with all your writing. What we call the ‘real’ world seems to be going crazy – I believe that writing and reading is part of our salvation.
The Garden of Earthly Delights (detail), Hieronymus Bosch (1450-1516)
My novella, The Plankton Collector, is out in the world. Flying free, as of today.
I”m very proud of this wee book.
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For those of you eagerly awaiting publication of my novella The Plankton Collector, there is an extract in issue #116 of New Welsh Reader, published on 1st December.
It is an issue celebrating the novella. And more.
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