Writer Hayley Webster is hosting an online literary festival right now, and as part of it she has interviewed me on On the Edges of Vision and being a writer and speaking up for other writers (which she does herself very often, as evidenced by the efforts she has gone through to organise a literary festival under her own steam!)
Read the interview here
and keep an eye out on her twitter feed as she posts interviews with other writers!
Another flash from Mayhem and Death to share today, based on folklore I learned from Folklore Thursday‘s tweets:
They killed the hare when the mist was on the early morning river. They had come upon her in an abutting field, while crossing it silently out on a hunt. She lay in her form, resting, eyebright and whiskers quivering.
Some nice news this morning – On the Edges of Vision has been longlisted in the best short story collection category, alongside others such as Janice Galloway’s Jellyfish, Joanna Walsh’s Vertigo and Helen Oyeyemi’s What is not Yours is not Yours.
On the shortlist is Lara William’s Treats, which I read and thought was excellent, as well as Dinosaurs on Other Planets by Danielle McLaughlin, which is high on my tbr – you can see the full lists and vote for your favourites to win here.
Two flash pieces to share today, from my work-in-progress collection Mayhem & Death:
from the first piece:
Music swells and the branches of the trees catch at your veil, and you are every heroine of romance, ripping loose her stitches to get out of the picture. Into the open field. No more compulsive acquiescence. No more smiling on cue.
and from the second:
A curious state of affairs, Ausweiger thought as the men drove him through the desert towards their destination.
Read them both here, if you like.
More good news – one of the stories from flash fiction collection in progress Mayhem and Death has been published on Monkeybicycle:
The moon has a halo around it, which means a curse. Isn’t it too indulgent to be sisters, to be cursed. Well, it just so happens. Indulgence is in our blood.
I know it’s coming on April Fools Day, but we’re after noon here in Scotland, so I’ll go ahead:
You may have seen that my book Flesh of the Peach is due out with CCM in October of this year – well, things have changed quite dramatically:
It’s now, instead coming out with Freight in about a year.
The decision to go with Freight, a brilliant rising press based in Scotland, means that among many other benefits, when the book is out, it will be far easier for readers (and bookshops) to find copies. I’m really thrilled at this, and at a chance to work with the team at Freight.
I’ll keep you up to date on any other developments with Flesh of the Peach and with my other exciting news.
Now tea, and working on the new witchy book and thinking of projects ahead…
UPDATE: Here’s a short piece on The Bookseller about this!
It’s been very quiet here – a long, tough winter. Finally we’ve passed the first day of Spring, and light and warmth is slowly coming back, like feeling to a foot that’s fallen asleep. With the change in the season comes two pieces of good news, the first of which I can share here:
I am now represented by Jenny Brown, literary agent extraordinaire! And I’m extraordinarily lucky.
The other piece of good news will have to wait a little longer. It’s bookish too.
Meanwhile: a little more quiet working in the background. Edits and waiting for the first adventures of the year. I hope soon to have pictures of the outside world. I think the blog has been a little sparse without them.
Wishing you all a fine spring (or autumn) day, wherever you are in the world.