Soul Fire cover, plus ladybirds & imagining 2025…

It’s here – and I love it, I must admit! The cover for Soul Fire, the second in the Soul Beach trilogy, will be published in the UK in July 2012. As the cover says, it’s getting hotter on the Beach – and as Alice looks for her sister’s killer, she ends up in a firestorm of her own.

The book’s now being copy-edited, to make sure I haven’t got my dates muddled up. Really looking forward to seeing the real thing… and in the meantime, I am plotting the third and final part of the trilogy which is thrilling and nerve-wracking in equal measure. I know how it ends – but there’s still plenty to work out!

I also need to do some extremely vital beach-related research: more details to follow!

My Boot Camp book is now with my editor, and I am mulling what adult book to write next. But in the mean time, I’ve been doing some crystal-ball gazing.

… is a project asking people to imagine what life will be like in 2025 – and how technology could damage or benefit us. I’ve written a specially commissioned short story, called The Last Ladybird, which will be available to download soon on the official website.

It was great fun to imagine how life might be in fifteen years: the good and the bad. And if you fancy doing the same, there’ll also be a short story competition to enter, so do keep checking the site.

As part of my research, I’ve been getting to know Britain’s 46 different species of ladybirds. Fascinating stuff. My personal favourite? Our only vegetarian ladybird, the pale and interesting Subcoccinella 24-punctata:

How does he feature in my story? You’ll have to wait and see.

Bye for now,


8 Responses to Soul Fire cover, plus ladybirds & imagining 2025…

  1. I was wondering when soul fire would be coming to Oceania specifically New Zealand? I absolutely loved soul beach and cant wait for the full trilogy to come out.

    • KateHarr says:

      Hi Kathryn,
      Thanks for posting – so glad you loved the first book!
      I’ll try to find out for sure but it’s normally around the same time as in the UK – which is July 5 – I just looked on Fishpond and it’s showing the same date for availability in NZ.
      Kate xx

  2. Audrey says:

    Im so excited !! Can’t wait for soul fire… Soul beach was just amazing!!

  3. KateHarr says:

    Hi Audrey – thanks for your lovely comment. Not long to wait now… xx

  4. lisa price says:

    read both books and eagerly waiting the next any idea when it will be out

    • KateHarr says:

      Dear Lisa,
      Thanks for your comment – so glad you’ve enjoyed them! The third and final installment will be out in July 2013 – really hope you’ll think it’s worth waiting for. Am busy working on it right now!

  5. Christina says:

    Hi Kate,
    Just finished your first book Soul Beach a few minutes ago and started googling straight away to discover that the next book is out! I loved the first book and can’t wait to read the next ones. Just wondering if you had specific inspiration for this story plot?


    • KateHarr says:

      Dear Christina,
      Thanks for the comment – my inspiration was a mixture of things: partly all the tribute pages you see sometimes on Facebook which mean that people somehow live on after their deaths – I find that both weird but also strangely life-affirming. So I began to imagine a place where those who died before their time might actually live on. A beautiful place – a beach! So that’s where the idea came from. How long would it take for Paradise to become suffocating?
      As you’ll have seen, the next book’s out around now. And the final one – next year! xxx