Despite my scarce journal posting (apologies) all sorts of wonderful things have been happening on the book/new release front. I thought it was time to write up a digest of Things I’m Looking Forward To in 2011!
First of all, there’s the release of the ‘Tales for Canterbury’ anthology to benefit Christchurch, due out in May. I can’t wait to discover the wonderful selection of speculative fiction on offer in this publication, featuring stories by both well established and budding authors. My story, ‘The Daughter of the Khan’, will be in the section entitled ‘Hope’. Remember it’s for a good cause, so please spread the word. I’ll put up a reminder when the e-book is available.
Secondly, there is of course the final installment of Chronicles of the Tree, ‘Oracle’s Fire’, to be released on October 1st 2011 (following on the February release of ‘Samiha’s Song’.) It’s been quite a journey to get here, and I’m now within sight of the finish line!
Oh, this series… how much of my heart has gone into it. It’s my very own coming of age story as a writer. Over 400,000 words produced in the space of 4 years, and all of them with a mishmash of UK and US spelling that had my copyeditor tearing her hair out. 😉 (I swear Word for Mac is buggy in this regard.) The experience has been amazing – so I’m kissing it goodbye with that odd, bittersweet feeling one has for The First One.
Of course, saying goodbye to one project means greeting another. Last but definitely not least on my list, I’m very pleased to announce that another of my short stories has been accepted for the ‘River’ anthology, edited by Alma Alexander and due out with Dark Quest books in November. Here’s what Alma has to say about the publication:
I must say, this one intrigued me as soon as I heard about it. A map of contents – what a wonderful idea! The whole book sounds quirky, rich, enchanting. I’ll post more about it as soon as I have details.