… and it’s absolutely gorgeous!
Opening an email with a cover visual for my books is one of the highlights of the publishing process. Unashamedly, I’m a sucker for beautiful jackets and — for my sins — have bought many books on looks alone. I don’t believe it for a minute, when people say they don’t judge a book by its cover. We’re all human beings and the jacket is the first thing that makes you decide whether to stop at a crowded bookshop table or whether to meander on in search of the next thing that piques your interest.
With My Mother’s Shadow, I was struck by the different visual approaches taken by my international publishers, from dark to light, from rose-heavy to figure-centric, atmospheric, mysterious, romantic — it’s all there:
And now, excitingly, the cover journey is all starting over again, with the UK cover for Summer of Secrets. It takes a similar route to My Mother’s Shadow in that it features a girl, running into the image as if to draw you into the story. The colours are beautiful, the textures sumptuous, there’s water and skies, reds and blues, there’s beauty, mystery, a hint of menace. I really hope you love it as much as I do.
I’ve always loved the vintage patina of the 1950s. Researching Liz’s story for My Mother’s Shadow, however, laid open a whole different side of that seemingly cosy, pretty world: what happened if you didn’t fit into the respectable mould of a respectable family. I...read more
I wish this was a serene Happy New Year post, written on one of those lovely, secret days ‘between the years’ where all you need to do is eat, read and make a resolution or two. Instead, bookended between the usual holiday frenzy and a variety of illnesses taking down...read more
I can’t quite believe how much happened in 2017 — enough to last me a lifetime! I published my first novel, My Mother’s Shadow, in the UK and translation rights were sold to ten countries. The German, Hebrew, Swedish, Estonian and Slovenian translations all published...read more
Ten wonderful bloggers took part in the Blog Tour for the paperback publication of My Mother’s Shadow, some reviewing the book, others hosting a guest post of mine or running a giveaway. It was an amazing experience! Do check out the participating book blogs for...read more
'An intriguing, twisting story with a lush opening and beautifully descriptive writing throughout. I loved it.' Dinah Jefferies, author of The Tea Planter's Wife and Before the Rains ‘A compelling family story . . . beautifully written and evokes vivid pictures of an...read more
Just in time for our big house move, the manuscript for my new book is reaching a pivotal point: the end of the first draft. Now, I like first drafts. Really, I do. Their youthful jubilance, the way they forge ahead with such unbridled enthusiasm, like a pack of...read more
From the original book cover ... Last week, in a surprise turn of events, my publisher sent me a new cover for My Mother's Shadow. Both covers, old and new, are stunning, both capture the essence of the book, but each of them hone in on a very different moment of the...read more
Last week was a glorious one, because something happened that I've been waiting for for a long time. Bound proofs arrived! I'd known they would be coming, had seen them looking pretty on Twitter even before I got them. But when the package finally did come -- very...read more
There's nothing quite as satisfying as sitting down with your manuscript after having been away for an unconscionably long time. I spent the holidays recuperating from several frantic weeks of researching and rough-drafting the first half of my new book: 60,000 words...read more
An author website -- there's no perfect time to start them, no good way to get them going, only a lot of trial and error. After many a Google search and late-night calls for help into the internet ether, here it finally goes: my very first blog post, on my very first...read more