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Saturday, 26 November 2011

Dr Snouss Pouss : Sneak Peak at my children's Book

The bear smiled, took out a ball of wool, two knitting needles and started knitting.

“What you making?” said Dr Snouss Pouss.

“A space suit,” said the bear.

“How wonderful,” said Dr Snouss Pouss, “I’ve always wanted a space suit.”

“It’s for me,” said the bear. “My other one’s in the wash.”

So there you go a little glimpse at novel 3 which is a children's book and some of the artwork I'm working on at the moment to go with it.  A complete gear change from novel 1 & 2 but great fun!  Called as you've guessed Dr Snouss Pouss it's about a "world famous" scientist who makes inventions out of cream cakes.

Pictures shown top: Bear in wool spacesuit & second: a mole - there are rather a lot of moles.

Friday, 18 November 2011

Signed Copies of The Ascent of Isaac Steward available

I have a few signed copies left of The Ascent of Isaac Steward from my signing tour - if you would like one posted out ( UK only I'm afraid ) then you can order one here for £8.99 - postage is free and you can even request an inscription.

Monday, 14 November 2011

Musings on Signings

Had a great day on Saturday at waterstones in Milton Keynes where they have my book for sale about 12 inches below Booker fame! O to be on the shelf above!

Interesting moments of the day:

Being given advice by a customer as to how to market my book to people - "I want you to go home and write two pitches one for woman and one for men.  For the woman talk about emotions how they can FEEL their way through the story and then for men concentrate on the visual aspects"  - or words to that effect.   I'll make no comment as to what images and emotions were going through my mind as he was talking to me.

And signed a copy to a woman who described waterstones' big table of celeb and cook books at the front of the store as The Waterstones Wan@er's table!

Also met the lovely Jesscia Patient who's on team at The View From Here and some good mates - one of which ( yes you Kim Maskell ) sweet talked a customer into getting a signed book - she's now employed by me as my sales and marketing Director.

Monday, 7 November 2011

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Paul Burman Reviews The Ascent of Isaac Steward

"Because it's such a startlingly original book, and subverts the reader's expectations at a number of points, I found myself approaching the narrative in a different way to usual.  Instead of attempting to carefully understand each twist and turn, I grabbed hold of the characters' coat tails and let them take me where they would.What I particularly like about this novel is that it takes risks.  It is abstract, experimental and entertaining.  So don't get hung up on understanding every single detail, but kick back and enjoy the helter-skelter ride." 

For the full review click here.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Relax it's Blue Friday

Scene from Blue Friday which is novel #2. It's set in a dystopian society in the future where working hours are strictly controlled by the government and follows Leviticus, the leader of the Underground Overtime Network who fights for the right for people to choose when they can work. Here's a small extract ...

Keturah sat whilst Trent stood with the Tortoiseshell suitcase. He felt tired as if the underground was a parasite sapping his strength. Keturah made eye contact with him, he wiped his brow, the oppressive sound of silence pushing them apart.
The train pulled away exposing an advert curving around the wall. It was a government commissioned retro poster showing a half-naked leather clad couple. It read …
Relax And Do It When Your Work is Done.
Somebody had spray painted, Working Well Ard over it in red paint.
As the sound of the train disappeared into the darkness a Family Protection Agent appeared at the entrance to the platform, walked down, kicked the shoes of the old beggar.
‘Come with me.’
The man struggled to his feet, grabbed his hat, stumbled and sent a coin spinning over the platform. Wheezing, he bent over to pick it up, his fingers fumbling, snatching.