The time has come to say a bit about What the horses heard, to be published in May by Cinnamon.The final proofs are just finished and the manuscript has returned to Jan Fortune. It’s enough to give anyone (well, me) heart failure: 84 k words…. all in the right and perfectly chosen order; properly punctuated and spelled – my story spun from straw! I only managed to press the Send button after staring at the computer for three hours and wondering what more I could do to improve the book. Finally, you just have to let it go to make its own way in the world.
You will all be invited to the launch on Fri, May 16th in Ashburton Church Hall but if you can’t make it you might catch me at the new Exeter Library on Thurs, June 12th; at Worcester Lit Fest on June 25th (provisional) and at Ways with Words, Dartington on July 8th/9th. Any tips on marketing strategy gratefully received!
And what is Horses about? Conscientious objectors in WW1, a shooting error, a young woman determined to do her bit, a countryside full of creatures, a war, soldiers, a disguise and an accusation, an asylum, a hospital, wild swimming and oh, some horses …that’s what it’s ‘about’… but really the war might be a metaphor for something ..I haven’t worked it out yet. The subconscious works in mysterious ways.
You can read a bit more on the Cinnamon website and it’s being previewed on Amazon, Waterstone’s and WH Smith already. Meanwhile the precious freight of sentences is soon to be on the way to the printers and seeing will be believing! That fantabulous cover is a painting by Totnes-artist Anthony Amos. (Thank you, Jan Jones)
You’ll be hearing more about this book in due course…I won’t let you forget it.