Some rather wonderful people have been asking me questions about my debut novel, anemogram, and have even stretched to enquiring about my thoughts on writing in general. Here I’ve gathered together my recent stumble into talking about my book.
I had a fun time deliberating on some difficult dilemmas for The Next Best Book Club Blog’s feature Would You Rather?
Author Chris Harrison went in deep for my thoughts on anemogram for his blog The Opening Sentence
And Lorie quizzed me for her blog Indie Revolution
Thanks to all!
anemogram has been included on TNBBC’s The Next Best Book Blog in the ace feature The Page 69 Test
Thanks to Lori. Check out what the blog is about here:
The Goodreads group, The Next Best Book Club, where those on the hunt for great indie books hang out
Near the very beginning
“She didn’t want to go there yet. So she turned and headed across open wasteland, into the domain of the sun and its cherishing death. She bobbed up and down and held out her white dress, spinning and drawing in the warm air. Her legs were cherubim podgy and she moved like an electrified hamster. The wasteland contoured down a textured valley which in turn vaulted into the distance and away. She stood in its open magnificence, its blanched earth under the blue-white sky of God. Everything in the distance; she would play unseen. She left her giggles behind her as she took off running.”
Thank you to all those who entered the Goodreads giveaway to win a copy of
The winners will receive their copy shortly.
I’m now running a competition to win an ebook copy, in either PDF, MOBI or EPUB, on the LibraryThing website. Scroll down the list of books that is linked below to find anemogram.
Good luck and many thanks!
My short story, Miles, is featured in the ace e-zine How Far Did You Orbit? from Lilliputian Press. Thanks to Lixian for including it!
The Goodreads giveaway for anemogram. is up and running. If you would like to win a copy then click through to the anemogram. page:
Thanks and good luck to all who enter.
Music. I think most of anemogram was written in silence, the first draft the result of a month of fierce commitment to it and no time for much else. When I did step away from the screen the writing was shaped by the music I listened to whilst trying to go blank, or attempting to figure out where I was headed. That music does not feature on this playlist for the most part. Instead these are tracks discovered after completion that reflect the feel of the book. Most have no strong melody, are unobtrusive and serve to compliment. Music was at the core of my thinking as I progressed, essential to the underlying construction I ended up with. I worked with defined movements in mind, inspired by the waxing and waning, and rhythm, of longer musical pieces. This helped me reach for my destination and keep to the right tones. It didn’t feel right to put out anemogram without acknowledging the importance of this aspect, so the result is this playlist.
My debut novel, anemogram., is available here for the paperback:
and here for the ebook:
Here is the cover for my upcoming novel
Chief designer monkeelino really managed to get the feel I wanted and it was an amazing experience to collaborate and get it just right.
1. an anemographic record.
2. a record of the pressure or velocity of the wind, automatically marked by an anemograph.