Not so much a rambling, meandering stream of conciousness today, but I just thought it fitting to announce here the official launch of my new book Hell’s Teeth
As several people who had pre-ordered messaged me to say, it arrived in the dead of night, silently and ominously invading both kindles and letterboxes like a paperback Nosferatu, pages flapping as diabolically as bat wings…okay, okay, i’ll stop.
*PEAL OF THUNDER!*
It’s always an extremely exciting time getting a new book out. Something that has been bouncing around inside my mind has, through a rather laborious process, now toddled off into the wide world on unsteady legs. I still find it very strange that we can show other people the worlds we create in our own minds simply by presenting them on slices of dead tree in the form of numerous squiggles whose meaning we have all jointly agreed upon beforehand.
It’s a kind of alchemy really, and i suppose that’s what people mean when they talk about the magic of books.
Up until the point it’s published, I always feel the story is mine, and only mine. but then suddenly it isnt. It’s out there, unguarded and uncontrolled by myself, in other peoples minds, and they will have their own ideas about it (whether they love it or hate it) They will picture the characters however they want to, regardless of my own mental images. and so on.
It’s both exhilarating and a little scary as a writer. Almost like watching the snot-nosed child you raised go off to college independantly. It doesnt really need you any more, you did your best, you raised it right, you instilled good moral backbone and ambitions, you made it brush its teeth and eat its greens, and of course you spellchecked it.
Now it fends for itself. (although luckily, as far as i’m aware, unlike college students released books dont come back to their authors once a month with an enormous pile of laundry, or send emails asking for emergency funds. They better not anyway.)
Someone asked me today if i have any particular ‘launch day’ rituals.
Last time i released a book, I had a very nice bottle of Champagne, and afterwards penned the release date on the cork to keep as a souvenier. (the general idea being that one day i would have many of these corks, and could do something interesting with them. Possibly string them together on a necklace like the severed ears of my enemies. or maybe something else. havent quite decided.)
I’ll probably do the same with this one, but unfortunately, new vampire/zombie/apocalypse book launch or not, it will have to wait as i’m (supposed to be) on a detox for two weeks.
It’s just not the same celebrating with homemade veggie soup and a protein shake really, although, unlike many of the characters in the book, it does make me feel quite virtuous.
Now if you’ll excuse me, the dean of the college just called, and I have to go pick up my book. It’s been expelled for TP’ing the Headmasters faculty lounge.
You can pick up Hell’s Teeth, if you haven’t already (shame upon you) here: