I rewrote Loss of Separation, altering certain things that just didn’t chime well with me at all once I’d turned in a first draft. One character became more important, another won herself a new chapter. Other stuff, minor stuff. I handed in that revised draft on January 5th. I’m expecting proofs back from Solaris today. A quick read through and the book will go into production. Copies hit the shops in March. There’s quick for you. Now comes a recharging period. I have a couple of short stories to complete this month and then I’m going to have a break. But at some point soon I want to start work on a new novel.
I have ideas for lots of projects, but nailing which one is right to do next is the trick. I have a sequel to Blonde on a Stick that I’d like to get started on, and a new horror novel connected to previous stories The Owl and Rain. I also have a book in me about growing up in Warrington in the 1970s under the shadow of a serial killer. I’d like to write a short, weird YA novel. I’d like to write a biiiig, weird YA novel. There are other ideas, sketchy, unformed, but compelling, to me at least. I have titles for them all. Some of them will be pseudonymous (no… I’m not telling you). They’ll have their day.
It’s my intention to try to update this blog a little more regularly than usual. So please do drop if you have a moment. Thanks for your continuing support. And best wishes for 2011.