Sunday, 31 October 2010

Happy Hallowe'en!

The gruesome creatures that are haunting my Hallowe'en this year.

The skull is my minion and the werewolf was summoned by my brother.
Fear them, mortals... for they are watching you.

Monday, 25 October 2010

October Update

October is always a busy month.

No matter what year it is, or what I am doing at the time, October always seems to be particularly hectic, and this year has been no exception.

The most exciting part of the month was taking part in Writepath 2010: a fantastic international event where pupils from different schools around the world take a starting paragraph written by an author and add their own paragraph to the story before passing it on.  I was invited to submit a paragraph and I had great fun following the submissions online as they were made throughout the day.

My story began with a boy finding a dead angel in the woods and grew into a mini-adventure filled with plenty of peril, a zombie and a centaur! The young writers who worked on all of the stories did a brilliant job.  You can read the story I began here, and you can find all the other stories here on the Writepath website.

Congratulations to everyone who took part!

In book news...
Since my last blog post I have finished off the final edits to Blackwatch.  Hurrah! This book has been so exciting to work on and it is almost ready to be set loose!  Also this month, I've spent time tweaking and pampering the US draft of Wintercraft so it can hold its papery head high on bookshop shelves across the Atlantic.

BUT!  Like so many things that change in the transition between the UK & the US, Wintercraft must also adapt, and so it will be known there under a new name.  Since it has emerged online over the past few weeks, I've had some emails asking me if it is book 3 in the series available for early pre-order, but no - it is still Wintercraft: Book 1 in (a rather beautiful) hardback bearing a new name.

And that name shall be...

Shadowcry: The Secrets of Wintercraft.

Here it is on, complete with its new look.  The US release date is currently 21st June 2011 - the Summer Solstice (which pleases me immensely).  I have printed posters of both the UK & US covers on my office wall and I'm very happy to have both of them looking down on me as I type away at book 3.

And finally...
As I post this, Hallowe'en is less than a week away.  As a fan of all things spooky and sinister I am - of course! - looking forward to it.  All that is missing is the perfect pumpkin upon which I can unleash my creative carving skills!

If I manage to find one, I may even post the results here on the blog.  Ye be warned!

What are you planning for this Hallowe'en?