It is with great excitement I'm announcing the project I've been working on this summer.
That Sadie Thing will soon be available as a paperback, and it will include three new stories.
At the moment there isn't a release date. I'm still finalising the stories I want to include. But I will keep you up to date with all the developments.
I'm slightly in shock that the sunny, warm weather is still continuing... that should give you a clue as to how 'British' I am!Dartmoor ponies
Apart from at work - an air-conditioned gym - I haven't worn long sleeves for weeks, I have flip-flop tan lines (a huge achievement) and I've finally remembered to put sun-cream on when I leave the house.
Yesterday, we went out on Dartmoor and ate our lunch looking down over the most gorgeous reservoir. It's one of my favourite places because you can see all the way out to sea, although yesterday - as you can see from the photo - it was a bit cloudy and hazy. It's also one of the most quiet, peaceful places you will ever find.
The fresh air sparked a lot of creativity - and I am now currently in the middle of three projects: I have a novel which is out with a couple of readers, an old novel which needs tearing apart and sticking back together, and a third 'secret' project which I'm excited about.
All will be revealed soon.
At the weekend I bought myself this lovely copy of Emma, dating from 1904, and I've realised that I'm becoming somewhat of a collector.
I am now the proud owner of several old books. I own two books about Queen Victoria published in 1897 in celebration of her Diamond Jubilee, Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier from 1940, and the second Sherlock Holmes story The Sign of Four published some time in the 1930s.
Lurking in my parents' attic, I have a first edition of A Dance for Two by Jean Ure, her first published book when she was just sixteen.
Admittedly, it's not a large collection yet, but one that will grow because browsing through a second-hand bookshop is a great way to spend an afternoon.
Do you own any first editions? What's the oldest book in your collection? You have my permission to make me jealous!
It is possible I have completed another novel. Well, I say 'another novel' but in actual fact it will be my first proper novel. It's currently 51,000 words long - so still quite short - but a huge achievement for me. I started out writing short stories, and at the very beginning I struggled to write more than 1500 words.
The novel is currently being read by some fantastic authors, and hopefully I'll be able to take their advice and have a fully submittable novel in the near future... as soon as I can settle on a title.
Watch this space.