PPW and Nicci French

I haven’t been posting lately because I was suffering a minor case of PPW: Post-Publication Withdrawal.

This is a condition where the newly published author is overcome by a sense of What have I done   How did this happen   I’m just an average boring stay-at-home old hag and now I have a book out and soon it will be discovered that I’m not actually an author at all but I’m just writing stuff and now I got it published and I need to go hide in a deep dark cave.

So that’s where I’ve been these last few weeks. In my cave. It’s a good cave too, with computer games, cats, tea, and hot and cold running water.

photo of Nicci Gerrard and Sean French
Nicci French go Dutch

Today I stepped out of the cave to announce a thing that my number one fan (aka Mum) has done.  She went to a book signing in the town where she lives, in the Netherlands. The signing was by Nicci French, one (or rather two) of our favourite authors. Nicci French is the pen name of Nicci Gerrard and Sean French, who together write thrilling crime novels.

Mum bought me a copy of Nicci French’s latest book Day of the Dead, and went to the signing to have it signed for me.  But not only that, no. Being a mum, she also took with her a copy of Gwithyas: Door to the Void to show to them, and she had a nice chat with them about it too.

So now those two massively famous authors have seen my little novel, and heard and read my name. I don’t know yet if that thought makes my PPW better or worse, but for now, I will proudly share what they wrote in my copy of ‘Day of the Dead’.

'Day of the Dead' by Nicci French, signed with message: Congratulations on your book! And Good Luck with your future writing! Sean French Nicci Gerrard
Signed for me by Nicci French

Thanks Mum!

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Book Launch

I’m doing a book launch.
This means I’ll connect a warp engine to “Gwithyas: Door to the Void” and send the little novel off to boldly go where no book has gone before; to be read by strange new worlds, to seek new readers and new bookshops!

No, wait.
That’s not right.
I’ll try again.

I’m doing a book launch.
That means that I’ll present my novel to an audience, in my case at the local bookshop.
I’ll give a short talk, a shorter reading, try to sell my book, and offer biscuits to everyone.
And a competition! There will be a competition too.
All this will take place on 21 March 2018 from 7 pm to 8 pm.

The event is even announced in the (very local weekly) newspaper!
On page three. Make of that what you will.

leaflet for book launch on 21 March at Nickleby's Bookstore

Zircon at Forbidden Planet

Zircon Gwithyas goes to the Big City!

This Saturday 24 February “Gwithyas: Door to the Void” will be for sale at the small press expo in the Forbidden Planet London Megastore.

Make sure to get your own copy.

[Gwithyas: Door To The Void (Product Image)]

 

The link says I will sign it, but sadly, that won’t be the case because I cannot afford to go to London. Perhaps if I sell enough books, I could go to London another time and have a signing session for copies of “Gwithyas: Door to the Void”

My Writing

  • Available in digital format: ANGEL, a novelette. The first episode in the ‘Charity’s Shop’ series.
  • My young adult novel Gwithyas – Door to the Void has been published in 2018, by Kristell Ink
  • I have a short story in the anthology Infinite Dysmorphia
  • My next novel: ‘The Calling’ is under construction – and the title may still change!

Download links:

Book Cover of Gwithyas: Door to the Void
GWITHYAS: Door to the Void

Gwithyas: Door the the Void on Amazon
 

 
Book Cover of 'ANGEL' a novelette. Episode 1 in the Charity's Shop series.
ANGEL: Episode 1 in the Charity’s Shop series

ANGEL on Smashwords
ANGEL on Amazon

 


Infinite Dysmorphia

Infinite Dysmorphia on Amazon

Gwithyas

I write novels and short stories, mainly in the genre of speculative fiction. A quick online search offers me the following definitions of this term:

1. Speculative fiction: a genre of fiction that encompasses works in which the setting is other than the real world, involving supernatural, futuristic, or other imagined elements.
2. Speculative fiction is a broad umbrella genre denoting any narrative fiction with supernatural or futuristic elements; this encompasses the genres of science fiction, fantasy, horror, supernatural fiction, science fantasy, and superhero fiction, as well as combinations of the previous genres.

My first novel, which will be published later this year by Kristell Ink publishing, falls neatly in that category. It’s kind of horror, but not really. It could also be labelled paranormal fiction. Or even dark fantasy. At least, that’s what I think.

Obviously once the book is out I will announce that on this blog, with digital drum rolls if I can find any, and I hope you’ll buy it, read it, and enjoy it. If you do, perhaps you can let me know how you would classify ‘Gwithyas’- Door to the Void.

Here’s the ‘blurb’, and a glimpse of the cover art.

Zircon Gwithyas just wants to be a normal teenager, preferably one with a girlfriend. If you’re a spotty nerd with glasses as thick as jam jars, that isn’t easy.
It’s even harder when you live in a derelict manor on a haunted hill with a bunch of spooky eccentrics for a family, and the object of your affection is an irritable sword-wielding college student.
It becomes virtually impossible when you are dragged into a dark, chaotic semi-reality where your moderately-deceased ancestors expect you to save the world from a horde of grotesque demons with a fondness for torture.