A slightly belated Happy New Year, everyone! I hope I’ll be blogging more often this year—posting more conversations with some of my favourite authors and offering updates on writing projects.
Last year was a full-on writing year, which meant I kept a very low profile. I seemed to spend the entire year flitting on-screen between Scrivener and a variety of news streams as I tried to make sense of the political shifts on both sides of the pond. How to respond? Probably through writing fiction!
During 2017, I’ll be out and about talking about my upcoming novel, Dreams Before the Start of Time (47North), and my novella, The Enclave (NewCon Press). Pre-ordering is now on for both titles in all formats.
Publishers Weekly ‘Most Anticipated’
Dreams Before the Start of Time is one of Publishers Weekly’s most anticipated titles of Spring 2017. I couldn’t hope for a better start!
Today, I’m proud to reveal the full cover art created by David Drummond. I hope you agree that it’s totally fabulous. I’m truly honoured that author Nina Allan has kind words to say about my third novel. Publication date: 18 April 2017.
My First Novella
The Enclave is my first novella! It’s a standalone written in the world of my first novel, A Calculated Life. It’s also my first piece of fiction published as a signed limited-edition hardback. As of this week, The Enclave is also available for pre-order as a Kindle eBook. Publication date: 12 February 2017. This is one of four novellas in a NewCon Press series including works by Alastair Reynolds, Simon Morden and Neil Williamson.
The TBR Pile
My main resolution for 2017 is to read as many books as possible that have languished on my To Be Read pile. So far this month I’ve read Michael Cunningham’s Flesh and Blood, Rose Tremain’s The Gustav Sonata, and I’m now reading The Queue by Basma Abdel Aziz. Next off the pile during January and February: Han Kang’s The Vegetarian and Human Acts, Christopher Priest’s The Gradual, Lavie Tidhar’s Central Station and Irenosen Okojie’s Butterfly Fish. Oh yes, and Barkskins by Annie Proulx.
Happy reading, everyone, in 2017!