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Publication: Friday 15th October 2010


Launch: Monday 15th November 2010




Saturday, 30 November 2013

Four Novelists and a Narrator


‘Everyone has a novel in them’. 

How many times have we heard that said?  It’s possible.  Probable, even.  The world is full of the blissfully ignorant, who will write their novel ‘one day’ (when they have time) and the woefully knowledgeable, who have a drawer full of rejections.

To write a novel is to find oneself in a gleefully negative community.  Head-shakes and rueful smiles precede a useful little sound bite: ‘who do you know (have slept with/can blackmail/preferably all three) in the publishing business?’ or ‘JK Rowling had 3 million rejections, you know’ or ‘have you thought of bee-keeping instead? Fewer stings. Ha ha.’

At the other end of the scale is the urban myth of the bored bricklayer (brain-surgeon/dog-breeder) who wrote a thriller during a wet weekend in Wales and got a £billion advance and a 6-book deal.

So should the Regular Joseph/ine give up now? Of course not.  And I have four good reasons, aka Craig, Ruth, Katie and Stuart. A week ago, I attended the book launch of Craig Smith’s, The Mile, a funny and serious novel about three friends, a nonagenarian runaway, and the Scottish referendum.  Also accepted for publication is The Single Feather, by Ruth Hunt, which follows smart, sensitive Rachel trying to establish a new life as an artist who is not defined by her wheel-chair.  Katie Hart wrote Finding Destiny, a fantasy novel for young adults in which time-travelling Alex needs to save his family and city from the evil owl, Dragonstar.  It’s now being considered by a publisher, and next, another fantasy novel, Stuart White’s, Rise of the Kalax is currently being reviewed by an interested agent. 

All four are talented, determined (and previously unknown) writers I’ve worked with over the past months… and I’m sure they would agree, that whilst talent is vital, it’s the determination alongside that has got each of them to this point.

There’s another person to mention.  Gerry Coffey died last week.  A remarkable man – kind, intelligent, very funny, some may say a little bit stubborn – who made a huge difference in so many ways over his ninety-odd years.  He wasn’t a novelist but he was a storyteller of the best kind; his anecdotes, tall tales, and straight-to-the-point observations, will be remembered and quoted for a very long time.  Gerry, it doesn’t do you justice (and you’d probably have a word or two to say about my grammar) but this blog (and Simon’s lantern) is for you.

Anne x
 
 

2 comments:

  1. Hi Anne...
    Just stopping by :)

    Great post- I think everyone has a story in them. It just becomes known when one unknown voice whispers 'Come in and see what on the other-side,' and once you've put one foot in the door you're not leaving until you at the other-end. By that time, you could have created a new place to peek inside. It also takes lots practise and focus and lots of fantastic advice and great people to help bring the best out you as you follow the bumpy, jumpy, funny, magical, pen throwing, knowledge flowing path until you reach the end your adventure, ready to do it all again. :)

    Congrats to Craig Smith's I spent a whole night reading your book and it had me laughing and tearing up in places too. A very gripping story and great like able characters to follow too.


    I can't wait to read The single Feather in the future . You're a great writer Ruth. And Stuart White- I think your title sound intriguing good luck with your novel.
    Thank-you Anne for all the help a support you gave me through my writing its been fantastic.

    Hope you're well Anne
    Take care.
    Katie.

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  2. Thanks Anne and Katie,
    Anne your help in shaping TSF and support in getting it finished and sent off has been so valuable. You are a brilliant editor and there is a space on my bookshelf ready for your second novel. No pressure!
    Katie, you have also been helpful, from your daily emails to reading over chapters for me. A space on my bookshelf is ready and waiting for you too.
    Thanks to both of you and I hope you have a great Christmas.
    Ruthx

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