Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Beyond The Waves

Today is a day for BIG book news.
And as book news goes, it doesn't really get much bigger.

I've been sitting on this for a little while now, but now seems to be a good time to share it with you all.

The Wintercraft series has just found a fantastic new home across the Atlantic in the USA!

Greenwillow/HarperCollins have welcomed Wintercraft and the next two books into their fold and they will be publishing the first book in Spring 2011.

The Greenwillow team are all fantastic people and I couldn't be happier.

You can read a little bit more about it here.

In honour of this Day Of News, I'd like to say a huge hello to any Americans who are reading this post. *waves*

And the big question now is... how best to celebrate?

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Post!

I got a fantastic surprise in the post on Monday.

Nestled snugly inside this box are my author copies of Wintercraft, fresh from the printers!


What a great way to start the week!

Just 21 days to go now...

Friday, 16 April 2010

In The Garden

This week something very unusual happened in my garden.
The sun came out!
For the past few days it has actually been warm enough for me to grab my laptop and work outside. Last summer was completely miserable weather-wise, so it was great to finally get out there and enjoy a bit of nature.

But nature - I soon remembered - can be very distracting.

Firstly, there are bees everywhere this year. Not small, delicate honey bees. No. I'm talking about gigantic bumblebees in fluffy fur coats that you can hear coming a full minute before they fly in over the fence.
I like bees, but it's hard to ignore them zipping past your ears when they have a buzz like an incoming jet engine.

Then there are my dogs, who react to every scratch, whistle and knock from gardens miles away and love nothing better than a good loud bark.

And lastly there is this little guy.
Ninja cat.
The cat I never see coming.
His trademark move involves prowling up and mewing suddenly from behind the bluebells, demanding a pat and an ear scratch.
He is the cat that will not ignored (and who could resist those eyes?)

I don't know who he belongs to, but when he's not skulking about he is busy being a furry daredevil - strutting across the garden and daring the dogs to give chase.

The garden may not be the best place to work after all, but I have no intention of letting the sunshine go to waste. There is still no place better to sit with a coffee and a book, and that is exactly where you will find me on Sunday.

If the weather stays fine...

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

You Are Cordially Invited...

...to visit Wintercraft's brand new online home! - www.wintercraft.co.uk

There you will find book news, reviews and a sneak preview of important characters and places in Kate Winters' world. There's also an author section, downloads and even a competition to win copies of the book!

Thanks to the team at Headline for putting the site together (particularly Angie Solomon - website wrangler extraordinaire).
I also want to say a big thank you to the reviewers who feature on the site - Jasmin, Katie & Jenny (thank you, ladies) and of course the Askews newsletter!

Keep checking the site for news updates and details of upcoming events. I may be visiting a town near you very soon & it would be a pleasure to meet you.

Friday, 9 April 2010

Wintercraft In The Wild

Today I held a finished printed copy of Wintercraft in my hands for the very first time. *glows with pride*

I couldn't be more pleased with it. The cover is just beautiful, some of the pages are framed with flakes of frost and the symbols on the cover shine in the light. It is, quite simply, a book that wants to be touched.

But less of this 'finished copy' talk, that's for next month. This book's elder brothers and sisters are out in the world already! Proof copies began dropping onto people's doormats today. The gates to Kate Winters' world have been thrown open and I hope you all enjoy the story that waits inside.

Thanks to everyone who let me know they received a copy. I've seen photographs of proofs out in the wild and each one makes me smile.

Right now I'm off to laminate my brand new book, lock it in a glass case and hermetically seal it inside a lead-lined chest that is to be placed immediately under 24 hour guard.
Or I could just sit it on my desk so I can flick through it every now and again.

Decisions, decisions...

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

On The Starting Blocks...

Today is an exciting day!

These purple stacks of loveliness are UK early reading copies of Wintercraft - each one ready and waiting to make their way out into the world and invade unsuspecting bookshelves.

Am I excited? Just a little.

Thanks in advance to everyone who reads and reviews the book.

Keep your eyes peeled for the postman.
One of these could be with you very soon.

(image taken from @Red_Books via Twitter)

Monday, 5 April 2010

The Truth Will Out

It may be time to admit something - to myself more than anyone else.
I like detective stories.
It may not seem a groundbreaking thing to admit, but I've never really thought about it before.

The Jonathan Creek Easter special was on BBC1 last night. There I was, sitting in the dark with a coffee in hand, ready to figure out the crimes or be baffled trying. Then I realised... I was not just there to be entertained, I was looking forward to a challenge.

I was asked not long ago if I liked detective stories and I said no. Not at all. I've never been interested in them. But wait! Some of my favourite tv series - Bones, Supernatural, even House - aren't they all basically detective stories? When I was a teenager I used to read horror books and try to figure out what was going on before the hero/heroine did. Wasn't that too a little bit of detective work?

Even the books I liked reading when I was younger had mysteries running through them. The Sea of Adventure was one of my favourite Enid Blyton books for a long time. Philip Pullman's Sally Lockhart books. The Demon Headmaster by Gillian Cross.
Mysteries... everywhere.

Why haven't I noticed this before?

Thinking about it now, I took far too much pleasure in figuring out how the first murder in the Jonathan Creek special was done. I was - yes - even a little smug about it inside.
Perhaps I am a detective at heart.
Perhaps I have missed my true calling and I should be out there brandishing a magnifying glass and solving crimes!

Or maybe I just love the challenge of solving puzzles.

After all... it seems I've had enough practice.

Sunday, 4 April 2010

Welcome

After months of chattering away on Twitter I've finally taken the plunge and started my very first blog! There's not much to see right now, but it won't be long before I get into the swing of things. Please bear with me until I get a feel of the place.

My main reason for starting this blog is to say hello! *waves*

There are just 40 days until Wintercraft is published in the UK (hurrah!) and I wanted somewhere I could write about its journey into the world without being restricted to a line or two.

The official Wintercraft website will be up and running soon at www.wintercraft.co.uk. You can download chapter one of the book there if you fancy a sneak peek, or you can view the book trailer via the link on this page.

If you haven't met Kate Winters or Silas Dane yet, I hope you enjoy spending time with them in Albion as much as I do.

Expect pictures, news, and lots of completely non-book related ramblings to invade this blog over the coming weeks.

You have been warned... :)