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Naughty [profile] larians let the cat out of the bag. My first novel, The Spider's Bride, is out in October. It can be pre-ordered here:
Or here:
Or here:

Or some other places I can't be bothered to check.

I can't pimp this up properly. Suppose you buy it and hate it? I guess I would just have to clutch my cheque and get over it, but a part of me would be gutted. So rather than sell, which I simply cannot do, especially to my friends, I want to talk about the book a bit. If you are interested in the things below, you may well like The Spider's Bride, because these are the main sources and inspirations for it:

Winter, frost and spiders' webs
The video for 'There There' from Radiohead's album 'Hail to the Thief'
Richard Dadd's life and paintings, in particular 'The Fairy Feller's Master Stroke' but I was also inspired by his Bacchanalian scene, Come Unto These Yellow Sands, Crazy Jane and Levant paintings.
The Tempest of course, now and always.
The work of Walter Potter and victorian anthropomorphic taxidermy in general
The Secret Commonwealth by Robert Kirk
Rackham, Fitzgerald et al, natch.

And somewhere at the back of all this, the Celtic and Anglo-Saxon traditions of fairies, Tam Lin and the long lost folk before him, who could be beautiful and generous, and very cruel if you crossed them; they hated cold iron, changed their shape as they pleased, drove mortals mad, kidnapped the special ones, and understood perfectly that time is just a dolls house.

So there you have it. It's not Ankh-Morpok, it's not Harry. But in total honesty, and this is the nearest I can come to pimping it, if it was not mine, I would still relish it. No reason for you to, though. I have more to say about this book but for now, that is quite enough of that.

The magnificent [profile] mamapusscat wants to create a publishing party for it. I don't know, a part of me wants to get on with the next and not look back at all. And anyway, I am confused as to what I want; an elegant little promo with copies for sale and the whole Bridget Jones little black dress and wine thing...or just a party for friends to celebrate my baby. If anything comes of it, you know you're invited!
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I got that from a fortune cookie last night, during a fine evening of take-away Chinese and playing Serenity. It reminded me that I am not the only person in this corner of lj land who loves to write, nor the only person with a head full of stuff that wants to be expressed. It's all happening: Here's what my publisher has to say about my book on his lj [personal profile] oldcharliebrown, and here's the press release on my agent's website.

If you follow the latter link, you will learn about John Jarrold. He's a literary agent who specialises in fantasy and science fiction, is very respected in the industry and does not charge a reading fee. So if he feels right for you...

Here's to imagination ruling the world.

Thank you

Jan. 30th, 2007 11:42 pm
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I wanted to comment back to everybody for being so supportive, but I found myself getting weird and weepy whenever I started (I began by answering the lovely [profile] erestania and then found I couldn't go on without turning into Gwyneth Paltrow).

Happy though it has made me (seems to have taken me 24 hours to realise I am happy) this is really a very tiny step. I have a long way to go.

I hope to thank you more warmly in person when I see you. To those of you who have asked for details, you may regret the question; I can babble for England and may well do so until, out of genteelly concealed boredom, you force alcohol/your tongue/someone else's tongue/my own words down my throat in an attempt to shut me up.

Until we meet, little words will have to do. Please accept my heartfelt thanks.

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A publisher wants my book.


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