See? It's a real book! Somehow there's something not-quite-real seeming about a novel that's working it's way through the publishing process — I mean, months can go by when it's just off in limbo somewhere. But once there's an actual cover, and it's in the catalogue — then it feels real.
So here it is, my spooky new story, due to be released (sooner than I thought!) January 17, 2017!
What's it about, you ask? I'll let the catalogue copy fill you in:
Fairy tales can come true. And not in a good way.
One minute Jack’s in math class. The next, he’s on a dark, cobble-stoned, empty street. Empty,that is, except for a skinny girl wrapped in a threadbare shawl. “Matches, mister?” she asks, and just like that, Jack’s life collides with one of Hans Christian Andersen’s grimmest tales. And as soon as he has almost convinced himself it was merely a weird dream, it happens again.
Suddenly, Jack’s ideas about what is “real” or “possible” no longer apply. While he and his new girlfriend, L...
Poor Jack. It’s hard to make friends at a new school, keep your marks up and deal with a creepy ghost girl at the same time!
My next novel weaves together an old fairy tale, The Little Match Girl, and a Grade 12 kid named Jack. Like Redwing, my new book is a kind of ghost story. But unlike all my other books, it’s a contemporary story set (mostly) in a world pretty much like yours.
This one has been a long time coming, and we are still searching for a good title (did I mention titles are HARD?) – but I've just sent the 2nd set of revisions back to my editor so we are well on the way.
It's still a long wait -- estimated publishing date is Spring 2017. I'll drop some tantalizing details (haha) between now and then.
Meanwhile, I have another book to write in time for a 2017 publication date! This is something completely different for me -- a title for Orca's LIMELIGHTS series on the performing arts, and believe it or not the first time I've had to write a novel on a deadline. Giddy-...