Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Sliding Down The Sky

So, here I am, almost at the end of writing my first draft for novel four (89% of the way through as I type this), and what do I do? I stop. I not only stop, but I have this insane desire to edit what I already have.

All the "rules of writing" say don't do this. They say never edit as you go as it screws with your creativity. I say screw that. Rules are made to be broken! I've figured out that stopping at this point to review what I have is perfectly normal for me. It helps me to cement what I have in my head before I write the Grand Finale. So, I'm flipping the bird to the Rules and I'm editing.

It's weird how your (my) brain works. I've been through several title ideas while I've been writing this novel. I thought, about four weeks ago, that A Sea of Stars was what this story was begging to be called. But the more into the story I got, and the more things changed, the more I realised that the title also needed to change.

So, now, the title is set. It's a line from one of my favourite Counting Crows songs, "Einstein on the Beach".  

"Sliding Down The Sky" will be with you all in April 2016. In case you missed it, it's Callum's story, from "Absolution". I love Callum - he's so complex! He's all angsty and plagued with self-doubt and self-loathing, but he has this huge capacity to love, and he's extremely loyal. He needed to have his own book, a way of working out some of his issues. It's been a joy to revisit him, and the rest of the "Absolution" gang.

And yes, I know I've neglected this blog for awhile, so in case you missed it, "The Trouble with Paper Planes" was released in July. It's a little different to my previous books, but it's found an audience nonetheless - hurray! If you haven't read it yet, the three most common words used to describe it (from reviewers) are "unconventional", "unexpected" and "unusual". Dive in and let me know what you think!

If you want to add "Sliding Down the Sky" to your Goodreads TBR, or follow progress on my website, or join us over on Facebook in my readers group, I'd love that! I'm sharing teasers and suchlike there. Speaking of which...


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