Hello, folks! Sorry about the silence recently. Ever since we put The Crowded Shadows to bed I seemed to have slipped into a vegetative state. I have no words, don’t want to talk, don’t want to write. It’s quite blissful really. Before this coma hit, I was planning on re-reading The Rebel Prince ( Book Three in the Moorehawke Trilogy) with a view to polishing it, and I was thinking of resuming work on my next book - but I think my brain is telling me that it’s high time for a rest, so I’ve returned to my long neglected graphic novel instead. It’s obviously exactly what I needed as I’m lashing my way through the artwork without a care in the world. It’s a real joy to just use my hands again. As an added bonus, my brain has slipped into that dreamy auto-pilot I love – that kind of mental primordial soup from which novels are born. Lovely.
I was lucky enough to attend the CBI summer conference last Saturday, and I wanted to shout out to the great folks at CBI who looked after me so well. Mags and Tom, you guys are just great! I had a ball, and I can’t believe I was lucky enough to meet the great Shaun Tan ( so lovely!) and hear Patrick Ness speak ( Gawd, but he was brilliant!) When it came to my turn, I did my usual thing where I get on stage, open my mouth and just let fly – I can’t remember a word I said, but no-one threw tomatoes and if they snored they snored very quietly, so I’m hoping it wasn’t too awful.
I very much enjoyed reading from The Crowded Shadows. It’s one of my favourite sections in the book, very bloody and tense, and I think it went down well. Like I said, there was a remarkable lack of tomato throwing. Mind you, that may have been because Tom confiscated them all at the door.
Speaking of The Crowded Shadows, I have just recieved the cover artwork! Oh, Lord above, I love it! The ARC’s are coming out in the next couple of weeks and to celebrate I’m going to put an extract from The Crowded Shadows on my website, and the cover art here on the blog. I’ll do this on Monday!
In the meantime, check out the beautiful cover for the second edition print run of The Poison Throne. How sumptuous is this? Haven’t the OBP just done another fantastic job?
The Poison Throne
Not only that – but check out the Spanish edition! El Trono Envenenado, how cool is this?
El Trono Envenenado