Showing posts from February, 2021

This time next year...

Editor and I have both survived the first round of edits on The Winged Child. We remain on good terms and it still looks like my book. I begin to be hopeful that all involved will come through the storm intact. The process of bringing a book to publication really is a sort of storm, a gathering of sometimes opposing energies that rises to a spectacular and not altogether painless release. The whole idea is to make a big splash while hanging on to one's soul. February 15, 2022 is the Big Day. We have a whole year ahead to get it right. You are invited to come along and see how we manage.   Henry's books .

In the end, we begin...

The Winged Child, my fifth novel, opens in an alternate future/past where we meet a little girl who might know how to fly, a neurobotanist who might be a dragon, an innkeeper who might be a machine, and a politician who might be the antichrist. The little girl grows up, of course. That gives us the tale.  One might think that writing fiction would get easier with practice. My first book, The Summer Boy was written in less than a year. Each morning when I woke, what I needed to write that day was already in my head. Every book since has made me dig a little deeper, work a little harder than the one before. It has taken a bit over two years to write this unworldly tale about Millicent McTeer, The Winged Child.   Creative James Media has contracted to publish it in February 2022, so my book has now become my job. That doesn't mean it ceases to be fun, but until now, the only fool I had to contend with was myself. Going forward, I must answer to other people. It will take a lot of wo