After a long period raising funds for Arcane Publishing and its next projects and a couple of weeks abroad visiting family, here I am back in Blighty about to start work on my third novel The Right Place.
I am also planning on working on several related projects over the next few weeks and months: in addition to completing the manuscript, I have to sort out various promotional material for Arcane and its publications, and start planning an online website for the pre-loved/vintage and rare books side of the business. I am also thinking about booking some events to promote the imprint and my books, and sell some pre-loved books!
I've gone back to reading at last (I didn't open a book between early September and late December and only had two weeks to do a bit of reading over the Xmas holidays) and my reading list is long and bilingual!
I have just finished Leila Slimani's brilliant and devastating Chanson Douce (Lullaby is the English language title).
And I have just started Raynor Winn's The Salt Path and find it difficult to put down. This book is an absolute gem.
Now on future reads which will form the background to my own writing over the next few weeks:
I only discovered Tom Cox's and his fabulous books recently. I have already read the un-putdownable 21st-century Yokel and Ring The Hill and once I have finished The Salt Path, I'll get back to Tom's books and will read my way through Help The Witch, his first fiction book (short stories).
Whilst in France, I picked up a book of local myths and legends: Corinne Duchene's Contes et Legendes du Berry - I am going full-on folk horror as my fourth novel will be inspired by the genre.
More news soon!
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