Happy New Year to one & all- I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas-time and are looking forward to a very happy new year in 2022 🥳
Largely, because 2022 will see the publication of the third book in the Kids of Kernow series
‘ A Bridge Too Far In Tintagel?’
– all being well, to be published in time for the summer school holidays-
I finished writing this book – along with the first two, back in 2018 & was all set to get them published during 2019. However, a serious illness hit a member of our family and a lot of things & plans ( not just my books ) understandably, quite literally, got shelved. 😞
Then – as our lives were just returning to normal – our landlords came back to the UK & we unexpectedly had to move.
Therefore, it wasn’t until March 2021 that I returned to my books and started to think about them finally seeing the light of day again!
I’m SO glad I did as Book 1 went on to win an award & riding the wave of that success, Andy, my team & I worked all hours, to get Book 2 ready in time to be published for Christmas 2021!
That was very hard going & although the decision to release 2 books in 1 year has proven to be quite successful- I don’t think that neither Andy nor I would say that getting Book 2 ready for publication was exactly enjoyable.😨
Therefore- from now on, we will be a 1 book a year, collaboration…..
I think it is vitally important to enjoy what you’re doing & then it doesn’t feel like work –
Both Andy & I don’t like ‘ working‘ very much, lol & would much rather be busy making the magic happen in our respective spare rooms, & then let that miraculously turn into beautiful books to read.
READ – Sarah Dawes ( my editor ) & Olli Tooley, aka Blue Poppy Publishing (my publisher) doing the miraculous bits!
I have a lot of re-reading ( line by line) & editing to do this month before I even let my editor see Book 3 & then, Andy & I need to get ‘ Bridge’ ( the next Kid of Kernow ) realised, from the description of her that I wrote, over 3 years ago!
Bridge is very passionate about Kernow, obviously & dresses in the Cornish Tartan colours & is also, known to be more than a tad eccentric!!!
Here’s how I have described her to Andy:-
❕A mass of black curly hair.
❕ Wears umpteen blue crystal necklaces & bracelets, plus a tiara!
❕ Carries a wand!
❕Has a dishevelled appearance.
❕Looks like a 12 year old but waddles like a 112 year old.
❕Wears a black & gold dress
❕Wears red tights & has red hair grips in her hair.
❕Has deep, enticing eyes made up of seven different shades of blue & green.
I know that Andy’s THE most amazing illustrator- but I think I’ve given him an awful lot to work with here, don’t you?
Bless him- hopefully he’ll still be speaking to me after reading this!
I’ll let you know, next Friday!!!