Saturday, May 31, 2008

Now on Amazon

Browsing today, I find my book is now listed. You can pre-order it here and have a copy in your hands at the same time as it shows up in bookstores.

Every step of this journey is as exciting as the last!

While I sweat out the months until I see the living, breathing thing, I'm putting the final touches on two more projects - Elsie and the Silver Rain, a mid-grade historical novel set in the Depression, and Sink or Swin, a 'companion' book to MM45 - hoping to put them into my editor's hands in the next week or so.
Meanwhile the ideas keep flooding in. At last count it seems I have nine other stories at one stage or another, some only pinned to the page by just a few notes until I can find the time to sit down and really put in time on them.
  • Blink - a contemporary Hi-Low novel for YAs
  • Enough to Go Around - a third book for young readers featuring Tansy Hill from MM405.
  • Escape to the Summer House - Historical mid-grade novel
  • Hot Dogs Everywhere - a picture book story
  • The Incomer - the story of a Shetland Boy - historical novel for mid-grade readers
  • Pin Boy - a Hi-Low novel for YAs (historical - as in set in the 50s!)
  • Something to Worry About - picture book story
  • Up Here! - novel for young readers
  • When Papa Works the Night Shift - a picture book story

The question is, how much can I get done in two days and four evenings a week of writing? And what to do with all those other ideas that show up, unbidden, vying for attention?

I always warn my students that the more they write the more ideas they will come up with. Is the solution to stop writing?

Now, that's one to think about.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Hi, Honey - I'm home

Holiday Summary: Long. Great. Pretty good. Spectacular.

1,800 miles on the clock from Cornwall to York to Sussex to Winchester, and points in between.

Expensive. Everything. Except oat cakes and Cornish Pasties - though for the most part they left a lot to be desired - and Fair Trade T-shirts from Marks and Sparks.

Highlights: The Lost Gardens of Helligan, The Eden Project, the Minack Theatre (of course, always!) and Mevagissey.

And family. All well, busy and going about their business.

Home to the usual crazy schedule with hardly a moment to breath, THEN, the copy proofs of my book arrived along with the cover.

And I LOVE it.
The colours, the slightly retro look, the fact that Tansy is not your conventional 'pretty' child and that the cover is strong enough that I hope it will appeal to both boys as well as girls.

Thanks to the verso page in the proofs I was able to determine the illustrator is Peter Ferguson, and Google did its job so I could track him down and email him right away and say thank you.
(I was also intrigued to see that top of PF's list of favourite musicians is Tom Waits - whose work I just adore. )