Unpublished content!


I’ve been having a little clear out, and keep finding random notebooks and bits of paper with various writings on that I’d long forgotten about!

On one sheet of paper I found a short, unedited paragraph that I think was supposed to make it into The Poisonwood Shadows – oops! Reading it back, it sounds very much like the dream I had which gave me the idea for the book, so it’s very possible that this was one of the very first bits of writing I did when I started the novel.

As it’s too late to put it in now, I thought I’d post it here as extra content for those who have been reading the book. Enjoy! 🙂

The night was starless after a day of blue sky. He watched on the roof of the city, holding his secret close. He reveled in his mystery, the enigma wrapped up in a storm.

Below, the cobbled streets were dark and wet, the few gaslights a comforting constant. He felt warm air, a breeze on the eve of war.

Biting his lip, he turned and dropped down to the pavement. It was time now…time to run.

I know it’s a bit vague and mysterious, but also very nice to unearth some of the work I did years ago and be able to see now what it has grown into 🙂

I am working hard on my second novel right now and also planning more promo stuff for The Poisonwood Shadows. As well as all that, I have spent some time doing editing work for Almond Press, so it’s all go at the moment, though I wouldn’t have it any other way!

The Art of Editing


Well, it’s October now. The nights are getting spooky, the moon is big, and the leaves are crunchy! For me that means not just Hallowe’en, but plenty of time to write and edit! I’ve been working on something new, which I am so excited about. It’s great to feel this inspired. At the same time though, I’m still working on finishing up The Poisonwood Shadows and preparing to get it released.

Editing of any kind can be very time consuming and difficult. It can often feel like being stuck in an endless loop. Hopefully this will be the final edit of The Poisonwood Shadows. Some things I’m surprised made it through the first few edits, other things I know I shouldn’t have removed and ought to be put back in. Some I just want to rewrite completely.

I can’t help but wonder sometimes if I’m being too hard on myself. Everything seems to depend on what mood I’m in, or even what music I’m listening to – silly things that seem to put a filter over the actual content of the book. It’s certainly a learning experience, and I am enjoying finding new ways to be productive and actually enjoy the editing process.

It’s important that I don’t just settle and say to myself ‘that’ll do’. That’s just not good enough! One thing I’ve realised is how much I want to be consistently raising the bar for myself. It might take longer, but I know I’ll be much happier with the end product. Patience is key. It doesn’t all come at once, and there’s no point pushing it to the point of burning out.

I’ve expanded a little on the subject of remaining motivated and productive with a blog entry for the lovely Almond Press. Writer’s block in any form can be extremely troublesome, so please give it a read if you are interested! I’ll be posting again soon about some of my favourite books and how they have influenced/inspired me – keep checking in and thanks for reading!