I’m thrilled to announce that my novel, The House at Zaronza, will be published by independent publishers Crooked Cat Publishing, probably this summer. The novel is based partly on a true story, which we discovered on holiday in Corsica in 2012. It is set against the backdrop of early 20th-century Corsica and World War I. You can read more about it here. [Update: the book was republished by Ocelot Press in 2018.]
I owe a huge debt of gratitude to a number of people. First, my colleagues on the online, ex-pat writing group I belong to, Writers Abroad. Their constructive critiques helped me to improve and tighten up the manuscript. I’ve also had a lot of support from the Parisot Writing Group, led by Anita Goodfellow.
Secondly, author Lorraine Mace (who also writes as Frances di Plino) provided a wonderful opportunity when she added a Novel Opening Competition to her popular Flash 500 fiction and poetry competitions. Crooked Cat were the judges. Although my novel didn’t make the top two, Crooked Cat asked to see the full manuscript and the rest, as they say, is history.
Finally, the SF did his best not to talk to me while I was immersed in writing it. Once it was finished, he read it and declared that he couldn’t put it down. Maybe it was the superglue I smeared it with. His encouragement was invaluable.
Now you all have to buy it when it appears. Watch this space.
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