I have finished the edits and spent hours proof reading. Luckily it snowed last week so I didn’t feel too bad about staying inside. I didn’t find many mistakes but my eyesight is a bit dodgy so it’s probably just as well my publishers are checking too!
The design team has done an amazing job on The Awkward Autumn and it was so exciting to see the lovely details on the inside pages; the crumpled notes, the autumn leaves as bullet points, the cute chapter headers.
The blurb doesn’t give away any secrets, but it does hint that Lily’s transition to high school doesn’t exactly go smoothly!
“Telling people you hear voices doesn’t win you many friends. Especially when you’re starting high school. Especially when everyone thinks you’re just like your trouble making big sister.
Lily’s hoping to put all the madness of the previous summer behind her but with serious friend dramas, nasty rumours and a big sister who might end up in jail, the last thing Lily wants is to start up that weird psychic stuff again. But it might be her only hope…”
The Awkward Autumn of Lily McLean is going to print very soon and then I’ll just have to wait, not very patiently, to finally hold a copy of my new book in my hands. And when it goes on sale on the 16th of March I will need to wait some more, to find out what readers think!
While I’m waiting, I’m working on other stories. It’s always a good idea to have other work to do during waiting times, and I feel that if I want to call myself an author I should always have something new on the go. Luckily, my brain is buzzing with ideas. It’s deciding which ideas are going to work as novels and which ones are better left in my head that’s the tricky bit! I had an idea for a MG novel starring Scotland’s national animal, the unicorn, and I wrote the first three chapters of The Unicorn Thieves before being distracted by Ivy, the Invisible Girl, which is about an unhappy girl, her invisible, trouble-causing friend and a diary full of secrets.
Writing stories is such a joy, but if I want to make writing a full time career eventually I think I need to take a more focused approach and definitely need to spend more time plotting and planning, rather than leaping straight in. I’ll make it my New Year’s Resolution. For 2018. Maybe.