I don’t know how 2011 was for you, but it felt like seriously hard work from where I am sitting (at my desk, watching cats chase seagulls off a roof, now you come to mention it). Yes, January 1 is just another day, but I do still like the whole ‘out with the old, in with the new’ business.
For the first time this year I went to the Burning of the Clocks parade in Brighton, where people make lanterns to be burned, process through town onto the beach for a huge bonfire and firework display. It’s held on the night of the winter solstice and was a truly magical experience.
I was burning the midnight oil over the ‘holidays’ with two deadlines looming large for 2012: For Soul Fire, the second in the Soul Beach trilogy, and for The Boot Camp, my next adult novel, which is also due to be published this year. I can’t seem to manage writing two different styles of book simultaneously, so I juggled a lot. But thankfully, I got both sent to their respective editors by the second week in January. Now I must wait for the verdict…
I’ve also seen covers for both books and am really excited by both – but it’s a bit early to share them. More soon!
There was some great news about Soul Beach – it’s been long-listed for the Branford Boase Award for debut children’s novels! This is a fantastic award that recognises both authors and the work their editors put in to shape the books (and careers) of the story-tellers they work with. So my fab editor Amber Caraveo is with Soul Beach on the long list. I gather it is rather a long long-list – it hasn’t been published yet but I am looking forward to seeing (and reading) the other titles on the list.
I hope your year is shaping up well so far! I’ll be back with cover news before too long.