Since I last posted, we successfully launched our Christmas book of short stories, Underneath the Tree, which features a mixture of festive tales – including ghost stories, romance, dystopia and more – with all proceeds going to the World of Owls NI and the Simon Community NI. The project was funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Small Grants fund and myself and co-editor Kelly Creighton have been delighted with all the support this wee book has received to date.
Our writers and a lovely audience joined us for the Zoom launch at the start of November and we’ll also be discussing the book at next week’s Giant’s Causeway Book Club, as it’s our December read.
If you’d like a copy (e-book or paperback), you can purchase it here: https://amzn.to/3m5tzhz
I also enjoyed an online evening of Crime & Cocktails on November 20 to launch Kelly’s latest novel (featured on my last blog post), Problems with Girls, which was great fun!
RTE Radio 1 feature
In November our GC Book Club also had the opportunity to take part in RTE Radio 1’s The Book Show, which was great. It aired live on Sunday, November 22 but you can still catch it on their podcast if you missed it!
We were able to put our book club questions to author, Sarah Crossan, about her YA book, One, which we really enjoyed reading last year and it was lovely to hear her responses to those. Thanks also to host, Rick O’Shea, for mentioning Underneath the Tree as well!
You can listen again to the show here (we’re on for the last 13 mins): https://www.rte.ie/radio/utils/share/radio1/21869942
Creature Candy blog
This month I also contributed a blog post to Creature Candy, a wonderful small business which supports local wildlife by donating 10% of the price of every product they sell to various British wildlife charities. My chosen topic was barn owls, which also tied in nicely with the launch of their new barn owl range.
If you’re interested, you can check that out here: Building a Brighter Future for Barn Owls — Creature Candy
With my fiction writing, I’m excited to say that I’ve now signed off the cover for my next children’s/middle-grade novel (for 8-12 year-olds) and am currently awaiting my proof copies of the book in the post! I won’t be revealing the cover, however, until sometime in the New Year, but I really love it, so I hope you all do too.
I’m also still whittling away at my novel for adults, which is progressing bit by bit…
Anyway, that’s about it for now. More as I have it and if I don’t post again before Christmas, I hope you have a merry one, whatever you’re doing, and a Happy New Year. 🙂