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Clean sweeps/new broom/insert your own pun here

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Still August (just) but autumn’s already knocking on the door, and doesn’t it feel that way, too?

I’ve been looking forward to 1 September ever since I found out it was the publication date for Soul Beach. And now it’s almost here!

This is both the most exciting – and the scariest time for an author. There is nothing more to be done to the book, though there’s plenty to be done on the marketing front. But now it fundamentally comes down to two things: enthusiastic readers, and good luck.

I am hoping for plenty of both!

In the meantime, the best solution for any writer suffering Pre Publication Tension is to Keep Calm and Write On. I’ve spent lots of time this summer dealing with the endless admin involved in moving house, but it’s time for that clean sweep/new broom before a (hopefully) productive autumn. I have two sets of editorial notes due any day, and a great line-up of events.

And I have a peculiar fondness for September. October, not so much. And November is too cold to be in any way likeable. But September still brings random blessings of blissful warm days, juicy apples, and that bittersweet ‘going back to school’ feeling of new beginnings. Along with a good excuse to start snuggling up and hunkering down in warm socks and The Killing-style patterned jumpers.

In the right hand corner of my little picture you can just see the chimney sweep’s broom coming out of our chimney pot – and pretty soon we should be warming our toes and maybe our jacket potatoes on the heat from a wood burning stove.

I plan to embrace the shorter evenings, and my edits (!), and also enjoy the publication moment.

And, of course, on Soul Beach, summer never ends…

Fear of change…

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There’ve been lots of changes on Planet Harrison lately. New website, new house, and a brand new book about to be published.


It’s fair to say that the feline member of the household – she’s sixteen, which in cat years works out at about a hundred, I think – doesn’t respond terribly well to new places and new people (or new cats, come to think of it).

In contrast, I do like to shake things up a bit, but there’s been too much even for me recently. I love our new home but we’ve moved three times in the last couple of years (including to a different country and back) and have had enough of boxing things up and unpacking them.

The whole effort of working out where the scissors are, which kitchen cabinet should take the mugs, and how the washing machine works, seems to sap the energy I need for writing. But luckily the move has coincided with a writing hiatus, while my two fab editors consider my two latest manuscripts: My Big Fat Boot Camp, and Soul Beach Book 2. I suspect I will be getting the editorial notes on both of those very soon so I’d better got those cupboards sorted in doublt-quick time.

Other changes are afoot, including publication of Soul Beach in less than two weeks – I am nervously awaiting the reactions, but there’ve been some very positive reviews on the blogs so I hope they’ll continue. Plus, I also have a new cover look for the paperback of The Secret Shopper Affair.

You might already have seen this cover on the Chick Lit Reviews site, where it’s fair to say that the comments haven’t been, um, universally positive. I’ve seen the proofed up version and it’s VERY vibrant and funky and I hope some of the commenters might feel differently when they see it, and the versions which are being designed for the first two books in the series. A change like this always makes an author – and a publisher – nervous so I am keeping everything crossed.

Except my fingers. It’s very hard to type with crossed fingers, after all…