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Moorehawke Audio Books

Friday, July 30th, 2010

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I’m delighted to announce that Brilliance Audio have decided on Kate Rudd as the narrator of the Moorehawke Trilogy audio books! I’m absolutely delighted with the choice. Kate has a lovely rich timber to her voice, a real talent for acting and also great pace to her performance. If you’d like to hear some of her work, you can listen to an audio sample HERE where she is reading from J.L Smith’s book Soulmate.

I’m very excited to hear what Kate does with Moorehawke. I’ve had quite a few conversations with the audio book’s director, Kevin Yon. We’ve been swapping notes on a lot of things,  not least of which being the challenging Irish language sections of The Crowded Shadows. I was very excited to hear that Kate will be getting in touch with Sorcha and Phil, the two native Irish speakers who helped me with the book. Both Sorcha and her mother Phil have the most beautiful Connemara Irish ( it is Connemara Irish which I use throughout) and I’m thrilled that Kate and Kevin would take the time to research this. Not only that, but we’ve also been in touch with my Estonian translator friend, Eve Laur, so that she can help us with the Norse names Ulfnaor, Sólmundr, Embla, Ashkr, Surtr and Hallvor. It will be interesting to hear how these names sound in real life and not just in my head.

Many thanks to Brilliance for publishing the books. Many many thanks to director Kevin Yon and actress Kate Rudd for thier amazing attention to detail. And much love to Sorcha, Phil and Eve for making themselves available to help.

How bloody lucky am I?

Damned lucky.

A Brief Creepy Interlude

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

So between the jigs and the reels I’ve been a little lax with the communications, and for that I apologise. I’m currently getting the July newsletter together ( again many apologies to those folks who are still waiting to be signed up. I promise I will have it all done this weekend) and will be sending that out very soon. In the meantime let me share this video with you.

You know I was in Bantry recently teaching a graphic novel course? Well, while there I fell in love with the marvellous Bantry House I can not believe how much this beautiful place resonates with my current work in progress*. I almost turned myself inside out with happiness wandering from room to room. Many thanks to the owners of the house who very graciously put up with my hyperactive joy and my shrill questions and my dashing from place to place in an ever increasing frenzy of joy.

My son took a load of very groovy old-style film type video footage of the house. When he edited it together, he made this very Dario Argentoesque style creepfest. I love this video - it manages to really capture the frantic nightmare quality that I hope my work in progress will convey. Hope you enjoy it!

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*The house not only resonates with my current project either, it also resonates with the Moorehawke trilogy! One of the first things I saw when I entered Bantry house was a katar! ( A open-handled version of Christopher’s infamous belt knife.) I couldn’t believe it! I had never seen a katar in real life, and so commenced to bopping up and down bug-eyed and speechless. The owners of Bantry house not only allowed me to unsheath the knife and take photos of it - but they let me hold it too! Amazing! I can’t believe I got the chance to do so. ( You can see it in the video btw - that’s me holding threateningly up to that portrait) back to top

All Together at Last…

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Somewhere deep in the antipodean wilds, there are three women I adore.

One of those women is Erica Wagner, she is the Allen and Unwin editor in chief. We first met at what was for me a very scarey dinner in Frankfurt. We were sat next to each other at a big table filled with publishing folks and eventually began a shy conversation. We sort of, without noticing, became engrossed. After a while, my agent began discretely coughing in an attempt to reminded us that I was supposed to be shmoosing. In the end we had to be separated : D

I will always love Erica; partly for being mad enough to take a chance on publishing my rather odd work - mostly for the sharp-eyed, blunt and honest feed back she gave me right when I needed it the most.

This is Erica. See what she is holding?

Erica Wagner my A&U editor in chief

Erica Wagner my A&U editor in chief

The second woman is Elise Jones, my A&U editor. Elise and I have only ever conversed via e-mail. It is hilarious to me looking back on our first, tentative communications to see how polite, well spoken and reserved we were with each other. I think it took all of four such careful messages before the LOL cats started to creep in, then the nicknames and then the slagging. At this stage in our working relationship I think Elise and I may well have developed our own language - much of it would no longer be considered polite, none of it is tentative.

I will always love Elise Jones. She is truly the editor everyone should dream to have. She is bluntly honest; she has the sharpest eye; she is a font of technical knowledge She is willing to discuss everything, to explain everything. I have learned so much from Elise that it hurts; she has improved my work beyond measure. (she also makes excellent excel sheets goddamn it! Excel sheets of timelines which not only span decades, but also hours!)

Most importantly, Elise is hilarious. She has reduced me to helpless knots of laughter countless times over the course of the two ( three?) stress filled years we’ve worked together. I LOVE HER!

This is Elise Jones. See what she is grinning about?

My beloved AUS editor, Elise Jones

My beloved AUS editor, Elise Jones

The third of my antipodean heartlings is my AUS cover artist, the wonderful Elise Hurst. If you’ve been reading my blog you will already know how much I love her, but just in case! I love her THIS much, and THIS much, and THIS and THIS and THIS. Thanks to Elise this is how the entire trilogy looks when it’s laid down on my coffee table : )

together at last! on my coffee table!

together at last! on my coffee table!

‘What?’ you cry. ‘Did you say on your coffee table?’

‘Yes, invisible (possibly imaginary) reader. My coffee table! For behold this was me this very morn!’

Screech!

Screech!

and this shall be me this very eve, packing the prizes for the winners of the Rebel Prince Competition.

(note the entirely uncontrived and candid shot. That’s just how we roll in the Emerald Isle, always a cameraman lurking)

packing the prizes for the Rebel Prince competition.

packing the prizes for the Rebel Prince competition.

There you have it! The whole trilogy done, dusted, packaged and ready to go.

Release date for Rebel Prince in Australia is August 2nd guys. Rest of the world is October ( or is it? Stay tuned.)

Merron Translations ( and a quick apology)

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Firstly SORRY FOR THE SILENCE.

Razi discovers he doesn't need a translator to get the gist.

Razi discovers he doesn't need a translator to get the gist.

I have so much news and little shiney bits of information to share with you, but not a moment to do so!!!!! I may not be back online until the middle of next week, but I promise I will be back soon. Until then, a brief excerpt from a Q&A I did recently in which the oft mentioned Merron language sections in The Crowded Shadows came up. Folks wanted to know did you need to skip to the glossary at the back in order to follow the story - here’s my reply.

Though most readers have told me they prefer to skip to the Merron (Irish) glossary at the back of The Crowded Shadows and translate the book as they go (one reader told me that without doing so he felt he would have missed the ‘poetry of their conversations) I wrote the book with the intention that you ( the reader) should only ever know what Wynter knows, and the Merron (Irish) is there to add to your understanding of her dislocation, and her growing realisation that she no longer knows the rules or conventions of the society she’s dependant on. In fact, I had never really intended for there to be a glossary! ( though I’m glad that there is one!) So feel free to read to the end without the translation. Story wise, you won’t miss anything by doing so.

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So long for now! Talk to you soon.

Winners of the Rebel Prince Competition!

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

So we’ve been sorting and sifting, mulling and musing and scratching our heads since the Rebel Prince competition closed on July 22nd. It has not been easy. As you can tell from the previous posts, we’ve had one hell of a strong batch of submissions to choose from (and several late entries broke our hearts - we’re sorry your photos didn’t make it up onto the collage wall, folks! But thank you for taking the time to participate!)

I’m so grateful to my publishers at Orbit, The O’Brien Press and Allen and Unwin for agreeing to give three copies of each book, because I certainly could not have chosen only one winner out of the two hundred and twenty three photos submitted!

When you read the winners e-mails ( which I’ll show below in full) I think you’ll agree that they really stand out from the crowd, but for the record, these are our main reasons for choosing the winners

a/ all three worked very hard to find photographs that accurately reflected the characters as they are portrayed in the books.

b/ all three took the time to write a short note about why they’d chosen thier particular photos/actors

c/ they took the time to cast all three characters!

Without further faffing about, the winners are…

Samantha Carbone.

Samantha won the prize for her unique choice of Gaspard Ulliel as Christopher, but here are all her fantastic choices .

Wesley Jonathon as Razi

Wesley Jonathon as Razi

(SAM) Wesley Jonathan for Razi.
(ME: I liked Sam’s photo of Wesley Jonathon because, though Wesley has more African features than Razi would, he has this fantastic expression here which I think really capture Razi’s personality.)

Rachel Hurd-Wood as Wynter

Rachel Hurd-Wood as Wynter

SAM: Rachel Hurd-Wood for Wynter. She has those beautiful red curls and been in many period pieces. It was so hard to choose among the many pictures of her!
ME: I very much liked the photo Sam chose of Rachal Hurd-wood as Wynter, it reminds me of the scene where Wynter wakes to see the raven leaving bloody track marks on her window sill.

Gaspard Ulliel as Christopher Garron

Gaspard Ulliel as Christopher Garron

SAM: Then Gaspard Ulliel for Chris, only Gaspard’s hair needs to be longer. I like the angular shape of his face, I imagine Chris to be like that.
ME: This photo reminds me of the many times in Lorcan’s room when Christopher is lounging about drinking tea and playing chess - I could not get over how physically alike Chris Gaspard Ulliel is. Knowing what a wonderful actor Gaspard is  - and how capable of showing vulnerability as well as a dangerous hard-edged coldness - well, he’s just the perfect choice. I wonder can he speak English?

The next winner is:

Helen McCann.

Helen is 13. I’ll let her wonderful notes speak for themselves, but I’ll just tell you that Helen won for her choice of Adrien Grenier as Razi Kingsson. Yes I agree, Helen, this photo does remind me of the scene where Razi is sitting in the Marni’s kitchen. Thank you so much for researching Adrien’s background to see if he qualified as a man of colour and for taking the time to change his eye colour to brown. There were many many great choices of actor for Razi* but to be honest, this is the only one which really gave me any sense of time or place and, though too light skinned, was the one which most closely physically resembled Razi as he is described in the books . This, more than anything else, is why it won.

Here are all Helen’s wonderful choices and the indepth, thoughtful notes which made her submission stand out.

Logan Lerman as Christopher

Logan Lerman as Christopher

HELEN: CHRISTOPHER

For me this was the hardest one to find because I had a very solid image of him in my head. First I tried to find a teen actor with long hair on Google Images but that just resulted in millions of piccies Taylor Lautner (from Twilight), who unforch has quite dark skin which wouldn’t really fit the part of Christopher. I eventually resigned to trying to find a Christopher with short hair as the chances of finding a teen actor with long hair were very slim. I considered actors such as Cameron Bright and Chase Crawford but none of them were quite right in my opinion. But one day I went to see ‘Percy Jackson and the Lightening Theif’ in the cinema and when I saw Logan Lerman with his pale completion and dark hair I thought ”This is as close as I’m going to get!” So that’s how that choice came about. Sorry about the size of the picture (The one with the horses) but I thought it kind of reminded me of him travelling with the Loups-Garous  but it didn’t have a close enough image of his face so I added the other one too, to give you an idea of what he looks like up close. :D

Bonnie Wright as Wynter

Bonnie Wright as Wynter

HELEN: WYNTER

Actresses with red hair are hard to come by, which is a shame because its such a unique and beautiful colour. The first actress which sprung to mind was Bonnie Wright from the Harry Potter films. It was hard trying to find a pic of her that looked authentically medieval because of her usual girly glamour (which so isn’t Wynter!) The image I have chosen shows amazing intensity in her eyes and the black backround really highlights her firey hair.

Adrian Grenier as Razi

Adrian Grenier as Razi

HELEN: RAZI

Adrian Grenier is the actor who I have chosen. I first saw him act in ‘The Devil wears Prada’ (which is where the pic with him wearing a brown/green jumper came from). I really think this could be a still of him in Marni’s kitchen sitting at the table. You stated that you would rather a man of color play the part so that made me rethink the choice. I returned to the trusty Google Images to discover a few pictures of Adrian with a darker skin tone, I then checked him up on wiki to discover he was from an Apache backround (a group of Native Americans) which would explain his rich completion. I know he is not as dark as maybe you would like but for me it’s his crazy curly hair that makes him so Razi!! I also edited the color of his eyes in the picture of him with darker skin from blue to dark brown (if he was to act the part he could always wear contacts!)

The next winner is

Kate Tonkin

I loved all of Kate’s choices ( I do love the idea of Sendhil for Razi, and everyone knows my love of Ben WHhishaw.) But it is Kate’s choice of photo for Wynter that won her the prize. Kate was one of the few folks that found an action photo for Wynter, when you ad that to the fact that she is astride a galloping horse ( yes Kate, very Crowded Shadows) and with her red hair streaming in the wind then, come on, how could we resist? WINNER!

en Whishaw as Christopher

en Whishaw as Christopher

KATE: I chose Ben Whishaw as Christopher. He has a perfect face shape and angular eyes much like chris, unfortunetly he does not have the long hair. But I think he is good as he can give the tortured yet playful depth that Christopher has. (And his skin is a lot lighter normally, but I think these expressions are the best)

Sendhil Rammamurty as Razi

Sendhil Rammamurty as Razi

KATE: I have always had Sendhil Ramamurthy image in my head for Razi. He older than Razi, but with his dark skin, curly hair and dark eyes he fitted Razi’s description perfectly, also Razi is more mature in my opinion and always looked older than he was.

Rachal Hurd-Wood as Wynter

Rachal Hurd-Wood as Wynter

KATE : I chose Rachel Hurd-Wood, because she has the piercing eyes and stare that I always imagine for Wynter (especially when she has her court face on). I have attached some pictures of her in boys clothes and on a horse from the movie Perfume which reminded me greatly of the first section of Crowded Shadows.

So, that is the three winners! I a very happy with the choices, I hope you are too.

There is however, just one last prize :)

Charlie Cox as Christopher

Charlie Cox as Christopher

Christopher smiles a lot in the books, a lot. But very few of the photos actually showed him doing so!  This is why Caitlin Meindl, deserves an honourable mention for her choice of a smiling Charlie Cox as Christopher. Caitlin, your’s was one of the few photos of Christopher that I felt captured his smile. Though you haven’t won an advance copy of The Rebel Prince, I will be posting you a signed first edition as soon as the book is out on the shelves in October. Hope that’s ok :)

Samantha, Helen, Kate and Helen, can you e-mail me with your adresses? I’ll be away for all of next week giving a graphic novel course in Bantry - but as soon as I get home I’ll mail you out your books.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

many thanks to all who participated I had a ball, hope you did too!

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* Sendil Ramamurty was a personal favourite - and I loved Tegan’s photo of Dev Patel striding purposefully towards the camera. Yes Tegan it did very much remind me of Razi’s ‘mask’

Moorehawke Reader’s Art :)

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

You might recall a while back, I shared an illustration of Wynter that had been drawn for me by one of my favourite readers, Laura.

Well I got some more wonderful illustrations in the mail a few days ago and I just have to share them with you. These quite seriously rock, my dearies. Even more so when you know they have been done  by the outstandingly talented, internationally acclaimed Estonian translator Eve Laur  - seriously, how much talent is one person allowed have? Shouldn’t there be a quota?

Apparently Eve so enjoyed reading The Poison Throne and The Crowded Shadows that she was moved to dust off her pencils and paper and do a few drawings! I love how vividly she sees the characters and how much thought she put into these pictures ( for example she wrote this in her note: I’ve left the clothing, furniture and surroundings deliberately vague, because it would take a lot more research on 16th century costume etc to do it. - WOW. Talk about a woman after my own heart! I’d feel exactly the same.)

Here are Eve’s drawings, I’ve put sections of her notes under each.

Wicked Dagger

Before she could finish her sentence, Christopher had reached down to his calf and come up with the longest, wickedest dagger that Wynter had ever seen produced from a boot."

EVE’S NOTE:  I played with the idea of what a “wickedest dagger” might look like. :-) They had all sorts of fancy weaponry those days, why not something like this? Christopher doesn’t actually look the way I first imagined him. For me, he looked more European. But since (in the blog) you said he was half-Saami, I made him look more like original Saamis did. Today, Saamis look pretty much like Finns and Norwegians, among whom they live. Still, there is a touch of Asiatic background in their gene pool even today.

And, sorry, Wynter has lost her curls. It somehow seems to me that she has straight hair. :-)

...she put her hand against a thick wad of cotton that he had placed under the wound. It caught the fresh blood before it trickled down Razi's belly and stained his britches.

...she put her hand against a thick wad of cotton that he had placed under the wound. It caught the fresh blood before it trickled down Razi's belly and stained his britches.

Wynter and the King jerked into motion and, between them, they made it through the empty corridors with no one to witness His Majesty the King acting as a crutch to a lowly carpenter.

Wynter and the King jerked into motion and, between them, they made it through the empty corridors with no one to witness His Majesty the King acting as a crutch to a lowly carpenter.

EVE’S NOTE: I don’t know if Lorcan looks like an Irishman. I gave him a face that goes with reddish-blond or light brown hair here, so he looks like a typical Estonian man. :-) And, I’ll still have to remove Jonathon’s collar. It didn’t come into fashion until half a century later, if we stick to the year 1500.

"He sat up straight, tossed his hair back in a womanish manner and fluttered his eyes, he waggled his backside on the cushions like a woman walking suggestively and murmured in a soft, feminine voice, 'Would'st like some more sweets, Lord Razi?'"

"He sat up straight, tossed his hair back in a womanish manner and fluttered his eyes, he waggled his backside on the cushions like a woman walking suggestively and murmured in a soft, feminine voice, 'Would'st like some more sweets, Lord Razi?'"

EVE’S NOTE: To my mind, absolutely THE funniest scene in the whole book! Makes me laugh even now.

Wynter’s hairdo while she’s wearing her apprentice uniform - what is a club of hair? It’s not a plait, and it’s not a bun. The closest match I found was something from Sharpe’s Regiment. (ME: the way Eve has drawn Wyn’s hair tied is exactly right - though I always draw it looser and more like a roll of hair, that’s only for visual effect. Eve’s is actually the correct way!)

Christopher threw his head back, attempting to butt Razi between the eyes. The blow would surely have broken Razi's nose had it connected, but he seemed to be expecting it, and had already twisted so that Christopher's head struck his shoulder and not his face.

Christopher threw his head back, attempting to butt Razi between the eyes. The blow would surely have broken Razi's nose had it connected, but he seemed to be expecting it, and had already twisted so that Christopher's head struck his shoulder and not his face.

EVE’S NOTE: I had trouble with this picture. When I tried to draw Razi’s grasp the way you described it, the hold just didn’t seem to be firm enough. Christopher could have wriggled out too easily, or pull his hands to where he could reach his weapons. So instead, I used a hold that is used for restraining and controlling riotous children, to stop them from hurting themselves or others. Still, I’m not too sure that it works for an adult male - he might be just too strong or too heavy to be controlled like that. There may definitely be a better way of grabbing him, I just don’t know it. Have to admit my incompetence, sorry!

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There you have it! The drawings show you just how talented an artist Eve is, the notes show you just how painstaking her translation work must be. I only hope we get to work together some day, can you imagine that mind being applied to translating your work? No wonder she won an award for her translations of Phillip Pullman’s Dark Materials.

We’ve come to a conclusion re The Rebel Prince Competition by the way. TOMORROW (evening) WE ANNOUNCE THE WINNERS!