The verdict is in on DAUGHTER OF THE HOUSE. Thank you to the regular readers of this, who reassured me during the waiting weeks.
All’s well. There’s a bit of editorial tweaking to be done, but nothing major. The editor’s notes will follow, after which there will be a bit of bargaining, and then I’ll go away and make the necessary amendments. Apparently these are mostly to do with the timescale, which is a long one for me – from 1910 to 1934. I have written the story in four discrete sections, but my excellent editor takes the view that these should be smoothed together so that the story runs more seamlessly. It’s a fair point, although I’m not yet sure how it’s to be done. But from experience I do know that it’s much easier to edit existing material than it is to write from scratch, so I don’t feel apprehensive. The book will be published (I think) next May, following on from the paperback edition of THE ILLUSIONISTS in April. Hurrah!
Here’s the latest version of the proposed cover. Any thoughts, anyone??
I’m at the coast again for the winter season, with a view over the grey North Sea, reading history and turning over ideas for the next novel. I love the progression from being totally absorbed in one book to the slow seduction by the next.