The last few weeks brought with them a surge of creative energy in me recently, and I haven’t let such precious energy go to waste!
I’m currently waiting on the proof copies of Yesterdates to be delivered from the printers, where my editor and I will examine every page before preparing the paperback edition for the big bookshelf world. I’ve even had a few bookworms look over the digital edition to get their feedback, and it was overwhelmingly positive. I really cannot wait to share this new book with you, and hope that you enjoy it as much as I did while writing and reviewing it. In the meantime, if you’re more of an ebook reader than a paperback fan (or you just can’t wait), you can now pre-order Yesterdates on Apple Books, Goodreads, Rakuten Kobo, and any good ebook provider.
Glitch in the Matrix
Speaking of ebooks; recently, I learned that my previous two books, Fás | Growth and The Irish Outlander, suffered a distribution glitch that I wasn’t aware of. Although the books were available in paperback format, they were only available in ebook format for Kindle. At first, I thought this was a rights issue, as Amazon distribute to other bookstores (like Barnes & Noble in the US) on the condition of exclusivity. It turns out that while that may be true, it’s only a condition for paperback! It means that the books were, until now, missing out on a much wider availability than previously expected. Now, the books are more widely available, should you have ever felt that you were missing out!
A Burst of Poetry
I arrived to my parents’ home in Dublin this weekend to find a package awaiting me from Scotland, and I was delighted to see its contents. The Scottish literary magazine, The Poet’s Republic, were kind enough to include two of my poems in Irish – Párthas and Seanóirí i nGrá – in their seventh issue. Their latest issue features a fantastic collections of poets writing in Irish, English, Scots, Manx, and Scottish Gaelic, and I was honoured to be included in the mix.
Issue 7 of The Poet’s Republic is available to buy for £5. The poems will also be included, alongside their English versions, in my upcoming poetry collection, Elysium, which I hope to release at the end of this year.
Eyes on the Horizon…
The writing project I’m most looking forward to sharing with you is my first fiction work, Forgiving Jake. The story focuses on Sarah, a young woman whose life is turned upside-down when she receives two calls in quick sucession. The first call breaks her heart, but the second one brings her world crashing down around her. Will she ever be able to forgive the man she loved, the same man who was to blame? Will she ever be able to escape from what happened that day?
I’m roughly halfway through the book at the moment, and from initial feedback from friends and test readers, I’m right to be excited to share it with you. Forgiving Jake won’t be available until mid-2020 (maybe earlier) but I’ll share more details about the book when it’s closer to completion. Either way, I hope you love it.
In other news, my partner and I have just bought a house in Cork, and we’re so excited to get started on making it our home. I travel to San Francisco next weekend for a few days, and hope to make a few literary connections while in town. Meanwhile, I’ll be making preparations for the release of Yesterdates: If you work in the media and would like a copy of the book for review or interview, please get in touch.
As always, thank you for reading. I’m in a very happy place at the moment, and I appreciate the support.