On selling a new trilogy, and the weirdness of writers

Yesterday I was finally able to talk about some good news – Headline have acquired my new fantasy trilogy, and I get to write more books.

I wanted to write a blog post about it immediately, but inevitably got distracted by trying to find a suitable picture to convey my feelings. It turned out it wasn’t all that easy, and then I went and had a glass of fizz in celebration instead. So a day later, and well, I did what I could.

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Perfect!

Yes good, this is good.

Yes good, this is good.

The first book of the new trilogy is called The Ninth Rain and… I don’t feel like I can say too much about it just yet. What I can say: it’s a new series set in an entirely new world (no surprise visits from Wydrin and co, I’m afraid) and I am very excited to be going on this journey.

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A bit much maybe?

So, a second book deal. It’s hard to say exactly how much this means to me personally, as overly dramatic as that sounds. Writers are oddly delicate, paranoid creatures, I think, and we spend much of our time convinced that some solemn-faced bastard with a clipboard will turn up at some point, explain that it’s all been a terrible mistake, and gently crumple your career up into a sad little ball of paper. I remain startled by the fact that the Copper Cat trilogy made it into ‘real book form’, and even as I trip over the box of Iron Ghost author copies in my living room part of me thinks it has all been an overly elaborate dream. Because it is a dream, I suppose – I just got to have mine.

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I’m… I’m not sure these make sense any more

As ever I am struck by how lucky I am to have had that chance, and to have had such a brilliant team to kick me up the bum over the last few years. So big thanks to Headline, not only for believing in the Copper Cat trilogy but for wanting to support what I do next too, particularly my editors Emily Griffin and Claire Baldwin (who ROCK), and big thanks to my agent Juliet Mushens, who is just one of the best people. BEST.

Cover reveal and blurb: THE SILVER TIDE

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I love this so so much. Every one of my covers has been tremendous, and I owe a big thanks to Patrick Insole and the excellent team at Headline for knocking it out of the park again. THESE DRAGONS GIVE ME LIFE.

Keep reading for more info on THE SILVER TIDE, the sequel to THE COPPER PROMISE and THE IRON GHOST:

Tales of the Black Feather Three and their exploits abound far and wide, and Wydrin of Crosshaven, Lord Aaron Frith and Sir Sebastian have become sell swords in demand. Having foiled powerful mages and evil magic, they now face a challenge unlike any before – in the form of Wydrin’s mother.

Devinia the Red, notorious pirate and captain of the Poison Chalice, is intent on finding the fabled treasure hidden within the jungles of the cursed island of Euriale. She needs the skills of her daughter Wydrin and her companions to get there, and our heroes cannot resist the lure of coin and adventure. But no explorer has returned from the heart of the island, and it’s not long before the Three find themselves in the clutches of peril. Deep within the island of the gods, there are remnants of forces best left undisturbed…