Lots of exciting stuff to report. Last week Salt revealed, via Facebook and Twitter and the like, the cover of my book. Looking Out of Broken Windows is due for release in February next year and the cover will look something very like this:

LOOBW cover

The eagle-eyed among you will notice that the ever lovely Caroline Smailes, brilliant author of The Drowning of Arthur Braxton, 99 Reasons Why, Like Bees To Honey, Black Boxes and Waiting For Adam, has provided a stunning cover quote. I was thrilled when Caroline agreed to read and comment on my collection and was genuinely overwhelmed by her kind praise of my work. Thanks again, Caroline for taking the time and saying things about my book that emerging writer’s dream about.

In other news, a month or so back, while in the midst of our epic house move from Germany, I received an invite to attend my first literary festival as a guest on the Short Story discussion panel. I will also be leading a short fiction writing workshop while there. The events I am involved with will run on February 21st, with the workshop in the daytime and the Short Story panel discussion in the evening. So if you are able to get to Oxted in Surrey on that day, pencil in the date and come along. I’ll post more details on this as I have them.

In a rare moment of free time yesterday I went to have some decent author photos taken. The previous attempts floating about on the web and in the corners of Twitter and Facebook were all taken by my wife, and while she is a wonderful, capable woman, there is a limit to what even she can do when using our seven year old digital camera. Mac at McLean’s Studio did a great job with my photos, especially when you consider the face he was being forced to work with.  I came away with far more great shots than I can ever hope to use, but here are a few of my favourites:

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Lastly, with the kids back at school and an MA assignment due at the end of the month, I foresee many hours of video-editing and essay writing in my immediate future as I try my hand at making some book trailers for LOoBW. Once that’s done, roll on October, when the final push on the novel begins.