I have written 48,908 words of a new book. Every now and again, usually when I’m lying in bed, I wonder if they’re any good. I presume all writers experience self-doubt from time to time – at least, I hope they do! The new book is quite different from anything that’s gone before it. It’s darker and edgier and grittier – I think it is anyway. I hope it is. I’m hoping I can pull it off. It’s going to be shorter than the other books too – I’d say it’ll come to a natural end in another 10,000 words or so, so it’ll be more of a novella than a novel. I have no publishing deal for it: this is something I decided to try as a kind of sideways step from my usual publisher commitments, so I’m just hoping someone wants it when it’s finished. And just to give you an idea of what it’s about – it’s set in the aftermath of a murder, two years afterwards, and it’s located in a small rural community in Ireland, where everyone knows everyone else. There are six main characters, drawn predominantly from two local families, the family of the murdered person and the family of the person who was convicted of the murder, and the book will span just six days, beginning on a Monday and ending on the following Saturday. Now that’s enough to keep you going – fingers crossed that it will see the light of day sometime!
In other news, the sequel to One Summer has officially been named: say hello to After the Wedding. The cover has been chosen too, but I must check with my editor before I show it here – not sure if it’s been finalised yet, and she may not want me flashing it around quite yet. I like it, though, it’s very fresh and colourful – and not too pink at all! I’ll put it up here as soon as I get the go-ahead. Must find out when publication is too, not sure when exactly it’s going to hit the shelves but it’ll be sometime in the spring. Will keep you all posted. Otherwise I’m doing a bit of school visiting to talk to the children about what it’s like to be a writer, and to answer their questions (How much money do you get? Do you know any famous writers? Will you put us into your next book? etc!) I love these visits – it’s great to get a break from writing, and of course I have a soft spot for little people. I visited a playschool last week to tell some stories, and the children were so sweet, all wanting to give me hugs and kisses! And of course I have my regular storytelling at my local library, first Saturday of each month, another lovely break from the laptop.
And just in case you’re wondering about the picture I’ve chosen for this post, it’s the box of books I got when Something in Common hit the shelves as a paperback at the beginning of the month. I’ve had no sales reports yet, but it’s been spotted all over the place – I have my spies everywhere! – and I’ve seen it myself in lovely top shelf positions in Dunnes and Tesco. Fingers crossed!
So I’d better get back to work, hoping to get first draft of the new book done by Christmas. Hope you’re all looking forward to the holiday. I’ll be cooking the turkey for seven this year, God help them all!