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.
My 3rd novel, The Things We Hide At Home, has been accepted for publication and I’m super excited! It is a stand-alone romance thriller that is not connected to my first two novels, and is the first time I’ve written a book that doesn’t have any Fantasy elements in it! I guess you could say it’s Contemporary? I’m not entirely sure how to classify it to be honest. But I’m really excited that it will be published and I can’t wait for folks to read it.
In regards to the closing novel of the Lunar Shadows trilogy, I am about 40% through the manuscript now. I took a break from writing to deal with going into hospital and a few other things, and when I returned to my project, I realised I hadn’t written the plot down… So I had to go through the notes I did have and come up with a new plot ha-ha. Lesson learned: always keep notes.
Some less positive news… My dog, Eva, was recently diagnosed with Degenerative Myelopathy. She’s 14 years old, and in otherwise excellent health, but shortly after the death of Dolphie (my other dog) in August last year, she started to show signs of wobbles in her back legs. In the last few months, she’s declined rapidly. Her hind legs have become very weak, in particular the right leg, which she keeps dragging along the floor and had caused her claws to erode quite short, so now she has to wear little booties to keep her feet from getting sore. The vet told me that I have only a few months left with her before it’s time to say goodbye. I’ve been battling the onset of grief since then and it’s unbearable to see her so clumsy and weak when before she has always been an incredibly active and healthy dog.
I’m devastated because we are intending to move to Sweden at the end of the year, but it looks likely that she will never get to experience the Scandinavian forests that I know she would adore.
I’m currently grinding on the Lunar Shadows manuscript, which I hope to get finished this year, and then I’ll probably turn my attention to one of my existing projects, although I do have some desire to start something new!
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.