Happy new year everyone! I’ve been so incredibly busy with Gurt Dog Press that I haven’t had much time to devote to house-keeping my own website. Fortunately, I had some time this weekend so I’ve given it a bit of an overhaul and added new pages for my upcoming books that are being released later this year. I’m hoping that 2021 will prove to be a much better than last year, phew.
I’m excited because this summer, I’m releasing The Sapphire Deep, which is the first novel I’ve completed in almost 2 years! Losing both my dogs, one after the other, really hit me psychologically, and I’ve struggled to complete any writing projects since then. I’m glad that I was able to finish this project and bring out the next instalment in the Lunar Shadows series. It was a lot of fun to write, and I hope it’s a lot of fun to read.
I also enjoyed revisiting Tenny and David in my overhaul of The Things We Hide At Home, now conveniently titled The Ruiner, after one of my favourite Nine Inch Nails songs. I listened to a lot of NIN when I first wrote it. This version is much, MUCH darker than the original, in which I toned down a lot of the horror elements as I was at the mercy of romance publishing. No one wanted to read a creepy thriller at the time. Well, now the book is what I wanted it to be in the first place!
I’ve started a new project, on which I won’t divulge any information on since it’s only in its infancy right now. I’m hoping it will grow and grow.
Here’s to another year of publishing!
So, The Things We Hide At Home has finally got a release date – 25th of January 2020!
It’s been a long time coming for this book. Originally it was accepted by Less Than Three Press to be published last year, and that was after a bit of a stop-start when I couldn’t decide what to do with the book. Then LT3 closed down and it was left without a home! Fortunately, JMS Books took me on and agreed to publish it instead, and at last, Tenny and David will be introduced to the world.
Due to the tight release time frame, I’m going to try and squeeze in an ebook giveaway for this release, and maybe later I will do some kind of promo tour etc. For some reason, I always end up doing these things after the fact lol. Not very good marketing strategy.
You can find The Things We Hide At Home on Goodreads!
Good news: The Things We Hide At Home has now been accepted by JMS Books to be published, and its expected publication date is in January 2020! It was originally accepted by Less Than Three shortly before the publisher announced it was closing down, so it never made it to its release date. Fortunately, JMS has given it a new home now, which makes me so happy as it’s the first non-Fantasy thriller I’ve ever written. I hope people will love the characters as much as I do!
I’ve recently been working on an entirely brand new project that is related to the Lunar Shadows series. I want to make Lunar Shadows more of a universe with many standlone books that have cameos and interwoven lore. This current project is technically a prequel to the first two books but it is an entirely unrelated storyline that stands totally apart and alone, so the other books don’t need to be read for it to be enjoyed. It is steeped deeply in my love of the 1980s, so I’m trying to work in as much 80s fashion, music and pop culture as I can without it being one giant name-drop. I guess I am trying to capture the soul of the 80s in one book haha. Again, I am writing with a trans male MC.
I did, for awhile, feel obliged to change things up a bit and non write trans men as my main characters every time, but then I thought to myself, well, many cis authors just write MCs that are the same gender as they are and never change it up, so why should I? So, I think I will likely be writing with trans guys again in the very near future, once this project is done.
I also have a collection of short stories I wrote some time ago, which I plan to edit up and make into an anthology. I plan to release it as one of the first books through my own publishing company, Gurt Dog Press, which is still in its infancy.
If you follow me on Twitter, you already know that my publisher, Less Than Three Press, are very sadly closing down, which meant I had to find a new publisher for my novels. Someone very kindly directed me to JMS Books, a queer small press and they have taken me in as an LT3 refugee! So my books are going to get a re-release in August and September, for which I will be going some giveaways to celebrate.
I’m not 100% certain what’s going on with The Things We Hide At Home, which did get accepted for publication by LT3, but sadly never made it to release because they are closing down, but JMS have said they will take it on too. I just need to get the maniscript back haha. More later as it comes.
I moved to Sweden a couple of weeks ago, so I’m still settling in and looking for a stable job, which isn’t easy. It’s even harder when you aren’t fluent in Swedish and don’t have a personal number. It’s only been 3 weeks, so maybe I need to cut myself some slack. I have had some time recently to return to writing after spending the last few months organising the house move, which was pure hell and I’m so glad it’s over. I’ve returned to a particular project, not Lunar Shadows Vol. 3, but I do still have plans for that project. I hope that I can release that through JMS in future too, otherwise it would be a bit strange to have the first two and not the third.
In about 3 – 4 months I’m also going to become the dad to a set of triplets so I’ve definitely got my work cut out.
Rough Sleepers is now available for pre-order at LT3’s site 😀
I will soon be doing a pre-order raffle to win a limited edition print and some other goodies!
In other news, I’m approximately 25,000 words into the third Lunar Shadows novel after several false starts, and things are going swimmingly (I’ve always wanted a reason to use that word lol). I hope that by the time the third book comes out, people will have a better feel for the kind of stuff I write. Sometimes I am concerned that readers who aren’t interested in Horror as a genre might pick up my work and dislike it because they expected Bridget Jones: Fantasy Edition
I may be attending WorldCon next year in Dublin to do some promo stuff there and potentially I may attend some panels but I’m not sure what’s going on with that just yet. I’m also contemplating paying a visit to the next Bristol Horror Con.
I’ve also got a definite planned off-shoot novel from Lunar Shadows, and potentially a second off-shoot as well, along with a couple of other separate projects going at the moment. More on that later.
I finally completed and submitted The Things We Hide At Home to a publisher. I’m not gonna say who I submitted to, just in case they reject me! :’) It’s the first non-fantasy novel I’ve ever written and I’m really proud of how it turned out. Linn and April helped me so much to turn my project into a well-rounded and fully fleshed out story. It was originally supposed to be a cute little novella but it rapidly evolved into something much bigger and here I am now. The final word count was just under 85k, more than double my intended word count. I feel I’ve learned a lot about my own writing process and I feel a lot more experienced now. In the beginning, when I first finished Witcheskin, I didn’t know what I was doing or what to do, but that’s changed now and I’m more confident in my own creative skills. For awhile, the idea of writing another novel after Rough Sleepers seemed like a mammoth task that I’d never achieve. I think I was scared that Witcheskin was a fluke and no one would ever accept my work to follow.
I think I’ve reached a turning point in my writing ‘career’ (that’s if you can call it a career lol. I haven’t exactly given up on my day job yet) and the future is looking bright, or at least it does from where I’m standing. I know now that distancing myself from review sites and avoiding reviews is the best advice anyone can give an author, because a single bad word can totally destroy me. I actually came to a point where I contemplated never writing again. But I’m not gonna give up. I think the world needs more trans authors and more trans fiction and I’m not gonna let someone’s opinion take away what I enjoy doing.
I’m now trying to focus on the third Lunar Shadows book because I need to get that completed this year, even if it kills me. It’s evolved a lot and I think I’m at the final stage of deciding what the plot will be. I hope that this final plot is the best it can be and will be a joy to write. Aside from that, I’ve got another project brewing in my head, so we’ll see where that goes later.
See you soon.
I got an email last night from LT3 saying they have accepted Rough Sleepers for publication. Right now there’s a hurricane of so many different emotions going round in my head, I don’t know what to do with myself! I barely slept last night and woke up this morning feeling exhausted with heartburn.
I feel like this:
But I also feel like this:
So yeah 🙂
Basically I’m going through what feels like an evolutionary period in my identity and dealing with some things in my private life, which mostly came to my realisation yesterday at work, but I’m dealing with it in my own way. The most important thing is for me to focus on what I love and to find something to be grateful for every day. I am grateful today. I’ve come a long way and I need to allow myself to be proud of ME.
I’ve decided to scrap the project I started for the 3rd Lunar Shadows book, even though I wrote nearly 30,000 words. It just wasn’t working or going in the direction I wanted. Instead, I’ve come up with an alternate version that I feel will work out better and be more exciting and less linear. So I’m going to ponder on that for awhile in between working on my other projects. Let’s see where it leads.
I completed my manuscript of Rough Sleepers and am happy to report that it has been submitted for examination to my publisher. I’m super excited! The journey I made whilst writing it was very different to the journey I experienced with Witcheskin, and I suspect will be different again to the third book I’m now working on. I plan to complete the trilogy and then write some spin-offs about the other characters in the series, Mecky in particular. I’ve also written the beginning of a novella with Leon and Ceri in as a follow-up, which will solely be a romance story with very little in the way of supernatural horror.
I have ideas for other spin-offs but I’m trying to keep them under control because I also need to continue work on Scissor Island lol.
The first post in my new blog. I’ve had it as a place-holder for some time, but never got around to do anything with it because I didn’t feel it was necessary, perhaps because I had nothing to put on it. Now that I’ve completed my first novel, I feel this is a somewhat auspicious occasion and so have decided to commence posting here. I received some good news last week as my first novel, Witcheskin, was accepted for publication by LT3 Press, so I am in high spirits and enthusiastic about charging ahead with the other novels I have planned out! I hope this will be the start of a new stage in my history as a writer.
This is the first time I have had my work accepted by a publisher and I was overjoyed when I heard the good news. I’m sure there are plenty of people out there who know what that feels like! So, this is an alien world I am venturing into, and who knows where I will end up.
I’m currently working on editing my wife’s first novel, just doing a few pages a day in the hopes that I can have it finished in a couple of day’s time. That aside, I have completed the entire plot for my next novel, Rough Sleepers. Usually when I start writing, I have a few false starts while I test out the characters, and then when I get into their heads a bit more I can start planning the first stages of the story out. Often I don’t even have an idea of what to do with the ending until I am over halfway through!