I know…it’s been a long time between posts.
My life has been its usual craziness between my day job and working on the new book, but I thought I’d give a quick update on a couple of things.
Firstly, the new book…
My publisher, Michael Heyward at Text Publishing, gave it a lovely mention in a recent edition of Bookseller & Publisher, so I can now tell you it’s called The Undercurrent and it will be release in August 2017. As I’ve said before, it’s a totally new story set in a near-future Australia and is a stand-alone novel.
In other news, the Turkish translation of Burn is available, with a stunning cover design. Here are all four books in the series (in order):
My favourite reads this year include (click on each for my thoughts on Goodreads):
I’ve also been lucky enough to read a draft of Vikki Wakefield’s new suspense novel Ballad for a Mad Girl (due out in March 2017) and can tell you that it’s spine-chillingly awesome.
I’ve also been watching:
(Jury is still out on whether I’m going to see out this season of Walking Dead after that first episode. I may not forgive the writers for that one.)
Okay, that’s it for me for now.
So, I made a fascinating discovery this week. (Okay, it wouldn’t have been so fascinating if I’d been paying better attention to my agent when she explained my contracts to me.)
As I’ve mentioned before, The Rephaim series to date is being published in three key territories:
- Australian and New Zealand, by Text Publishing
- the United Kingdom, by Orion (Indigo Books)
- the United States and Canada, by Tundra Books
Now, if you live in other parts of the world it turns out you can still access the Orion-Indigo (UK) edition, because it has the export rights (English language version) to a large chunk of the rest of the world not covered by Text or Tundra. (There are some exceptions of course, but the list is quite long.)
So, if you’re in parts of Africa, Asia, Europe, South America or Central America there’s a chance your local bookseller either has it on the shelf or can order it in. Otherwise, you should be able to access the UK version on Amazon – as hard copy or as ebook. I don’t know how the price structure works in the export market, but hopefully it’s not too expensive.
I’ve had a lot of queries in recent months about availability of the Rephaim series from readers in Europe and Asia, so I hope this helps.
And US/Canadian readers – your edition of Shadows is not far away: 10 September!
If you’re looking forward to Haze and you want to be part of Text Publishing’s upcoming trailer, there’s still time!
You can find details on how to be involved here: http://textpublishing.com.au/number-3-chiller/post/want-to-be-in-a-text-book-trailer/
Registrations close 24 April. Should be a lot of fun. (And there’s more cool stuff to come between now and Haze’s release on 22 May. Stay tuned.)
I’ll be chatting about Shadows at the Victoria Point Library on 23 August (6-7pm).
This is another of those moments when a few of my worlds will collide…
I used to work at Redland City Council (to which the Victoria Point Library belongs), so I know the lovely librarian there, and my former colleagues in the Marketing and Communication team have put together this snazzy flyer promoting the event. (Thanks Lucas for not giving me a moustache!)
The event is being presented in partnership with Angus & Robertson Victoria Point, owned by Stephanie and Kevin Walkem. Aside from the fact A&R is my local book store, I worked with Stephanie many years ago when she was a major events and venues guru, so it’s serendipitous our paths have crossed again in the book world.
So, if you’re interested in hearing me talk about how Shadows came about, and how I got to this point in my writing career, come along!
The event is free, but bookings are essential. Just give the library a call on 3829 8770.
Shadows: Book 1 of the Rephaim series has gone to print.
I’m not sure I have the words to truly capture how that feels (some writer I am). But there’s definitely a lot of gratitude and joy in there. There may have been a few tears.
I’ll experience a whole other melting pot of emotions between now and the release date (2 July) – and beyond – but right now, I’m off to crack open a wine and celebrate.
So, here is the FINAL cover of Shadows. It’s pretty awesome.
I hit my first major milestone with Haze (Book 2 of The Rephaim Series) this week: I finished the first draft. 🙂
There’s a huge amount of work to come – structural edits and hours and hours of fine tuning – but it’s a good feeling to have it all down and see that the plot is doing what it needs to.
There are new characters to spend more time on – characters mentioned in Shadows, but who don’t turn up until Haze. (And yes, I realise this is only of interest to the handful of people who have read drafts of Shadows at this point.)
I’m also working on the final round of edits on Shadows, which is now scheduled for release in very early July. I’ll confirm the actual date in coming months.
Okay. Back to work.