I’m thrilled to reveal the stunning cover art for my latest novel, Dreams Before the Start of Time, which will be published by 47North on 18 April 2017.
I think you’ll agree that designer David Drummond has produced a great piece of work. So, my thanks to David!
What’s more… you can now pre-order this novel (paperback, eBook or Audio CD) and you’ll receive it on publication day!
I’m so excited about this novel—I’ve mulled over the ideas behind the story for a number of years. In fact, I wrote several passages of Dreams Before the Start of Time in 2013, but broke off to write my second novel Sleeping Embers of an Ordinary Mind.
What’s it all about?
Here’s the back cover blurb:
In a near-future London, Millie Dack places her hand on her belly to feel her baby kick, resolute in her decision to be a single parent. Across town, her closest friend—a hungover Toni Munroe—steps into the shower and places her hand on a medic console. The diagnosis is devastating.
In this stunning, bittersweet family saga, Millie and Toni experience the aftershocks of human progress as their children and grandchildren embrace new ways of making babies. When infertility is a thing of the past, a man can create a child without a woman, a woman can create a child without a man, and artificial wombs eliminate the struggles of pregnancy. But what does it mean to be a parent? A child? A family?
Through a series of interconnected vignettes that spans five generations and three continents, this emotionally taut story explores the anxieties that arise when the science of fertility claims to deliver all the answers.
And YES!! Toni Munroe is a major character in this novel – a character some of you have already encountered in Sleeping Embers of an Ordinary Mind. I couldn’t stop thinking about Toni after I finished writing Sleeping Embers, so I knew I had to write about her again.
But Dreams Before the Start of Time is NOT a sequel. It’s a standalone novel. Toni appeared as a teenager in Sleeping Embers, and I pick up her life story in Dreams Before the Start of Time when she’s a thirty-two-year-old journalist.
Thanks, everyone, for your support with my writing efforts to date. And I hope the new novel will meet expectations! I certainly loved writing it.