There’s a new book on the way here in N.E. Switzerland. My current full-length novel project has been chuntering along slowly, its progress slightly hampered by bringing out my novella series. However, a couple of weeks ago I signed a contract, we are editing industriously, and publication is set for mid-February. This one will join Baby Dear and Death Wish in the Bloodhound kennels, coming out under the women’s fiction imprint Bombshell Books, and I’ll be sharing news about the title, editing/publication process as we go – and the cover, of course. I can’t wait to see it!
A few pre-publication details: Like Death Wish, the new one’s set mostly in Glasgow, but we have a few chapters in Edinburgh and a couple in Carlisle too. It’s about sisters Erin and Vicky, who grow up separately, unaware that they have a sister – it was great fun, plotting this one out. I started well over a year ago by pacing around Glasgow city centre – no hardship – looking at the location of Vicky’s flat, the streets she would walk through to get there, the urban view along the River Clyde she enjoyed from her living room window. There’s a story about that flat, but it’ll keep for another day.
Erin’s home for much of the book is at the top of Byres Road in the Glasgow West End, my old secondary school/student stomping ground. A year or two ago I met writer Barb Taub in a Byres Road café – you can’t see much of the street in this one, but the scones were lovely.
How did the sisters discover they were sisters? And why were they separated? Watch this space…
I’ll leave you with another couple of pics of Glasgow – you can see why they call it ‘the dear green place’. Look at all those trees.