A year ago, I started writing my fifth novel. Having published four books in two years, I was confident that this one would be as quick and easy (easy! Ha – never believe a writer who tells you writing is easy!) a gestation as the previous ones. But it was not to be.
As everyone knows, 2016 didn’t go according to plan (David Cameron, I’m looking at you). It was an eventful year for the world, to say the least, and it was pretty gruelling for me on a personal level, too. I’m writing this from the comfort of the living room in our new house. It looks like this.
We moved into our new house just before Christmas, almost a year after we bought it – and it’s still a building site. Everyone tells us that it will be worth it in the end, and I have every confidence that they are right, but having the builders in is not exactly conducive to sitting down and letting creative ideas flow effortlessly from brain to keyboard.
All this meant that some of the ideas that I had when I started writing the book just didn’t work any more by the time I’d finished it. So I had to undertake some fairly major rewrites early this year, including changing one of the major plot points of the novel #tinyviolin.
Annoying, right? Right. But I’m proud to say that I gritted my teeth and got on with it, and The Truth About Gemma Grey is finally finished. Publication is set for early May, and I am incredibly excited about it.
I’ll be updating my website and Facebook page with updates as the launch date approaches, sharing the cover and some extracts from the book, as well as some video posts, too. If you’d like to be kept up to date, and have the chance to read an advance copy, please sign up to my mailing list.
And in the meantime, enjoy the rest of this lovely sunny Sunday.