I recently finished going through the proofs of Waterloo Voices, my forthcoming collection
of first-hand accounts of the Battle of Waterloo. Publication is timed to coincide with this, the 200th anniversary of the battle. I’m told by the publishers – Amberley – that it’s scheduled to come out in May.
I’m hoping to be able to feature regular extracts here in the run-up to publication, so watch this space.
At the same time, I’m still touting a number of children’s stories round the publishers and agents. They’ve all been rejected several times but I still believe in them and I’m not giving up!
- My Cornwall-based story that started out as a sort of thriller featuring a child kidnapper but was re-written into more of a ghost story. It’s set in my beloved Polruan, and for that reason I’d be more than normally pleased to see it in print.
- Three picture book texts, including The First Time. The idea is to humorously reassure very young children about their first experiences of things that can be scary – in the case of this first of hopefully a series, it’s about going to the dentist. It’s a kind of dual-thread story, the idea being that while the young protagonist is telling the reader about how well he handled his trip to the dentist, the pictures reveal his wilder inner fears and imaginings (the dentist is a Dracula like figure. the surgery is a gothic torture chamber etc etc.)