The Copper Promise lives! Joy and Musings

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The Copper Promise making an appearance at Clapham Books

So my book is out today.

I have no words for how exciting this is, as you might expect. The Copper Promise is making its own way in the world, possibly carrying a stick with a handkerchief tied to the end, probably a red one with white spots. It’s off to go and live in other people’s heads now, and there is no bringing it back. All in all, it’s quite a strange feeling.

A brief sentimental pause…

This is the culmination of a dream for me, of course; a dream that I’ve had since I was a kid, and which I’ve never really believed was possible. Not even the year before last, when I’d written a number of books and was starting to toy with the idea of querying agents – even then I didn’t really believe it would happen, because it was always such a wild and impossible dream. It was like wanting a unicorn of your very own – a tiny one that would fit in your bag and sleep in a shoebox. You would feed her flapjacks, and she would write incomprehensible unicorn poetry into your bars of soap with her horn, and do tiny unicorn poops that smelt of candy. I don’t know. It’s a nice dream, but it’s unlikely to happen. Even as a small child, I knew that I wouldn’t find a mini unicorn under the Christmas tree, or waiting for me in the woods.

Being published was like that. Sure, sounds amazing, but wildly unlikely. Unicorn levels of unlikely, in fact. Except that it turned out that wasn’t the case. I’m still reeling slightly from that realisation. So huge thanks once more to my marvellous agent, the incomparable Juliet Mushens, and to my editor John Wordsworth, who has been a joy to work with. Thank you to everyone at Headline, particularly the design team, who have given me a cover a thousand times more gorgeous than I could have imagined, and thank you to everyone in the wider writing community, who have been ridiculously supportive and brilliant.

So if you fancy some adventurous sword and sorcery with a modern twist, The Copper Promise is out there now, looking for a new head to inhabit. I hope you can give it a home. And feed my unicorn.

No wait, that sounds dirty.

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Adrian Tchaikovsky: “A fast-paced and original new voice in heroic fantasy.”

Claire Nicholls, Sci-Fi Now: “A gripping, fast-paced adventure that’s a must-read…”

Nic Clarke, SFX: “…who doesn’t have a space in their heart for a knockabout swords and sorcery romp…”

The Eloquent Page: “I’d lost myself completely within a handful of pages and was entirely caught up in Wydrin, Seb and Frith’s world.”

Oh, and we’re launching it at Forbidden Planet on Wednesday the 19th of February, do come along!

2 thoughts on “The Copper Promise lives! Joy and Musings

  1. I was scouring book sites yesterday looking for a fantasy book with promise when I stumbled onto a review of your book. Turns out it’s not for sale yet here in the U.S., so I turned to Amazon UK on a whim … bang! There it was. I loved what little excerpt there was to read on the book page. And, so, yes … I’m feeding your unicorn a bit. (smile) I’ll get the book sometime next week. Can’t wait. I’m mostly here just to say thank you. Your journey has inspired me to keep plugging away at my first book. Twelve chapters, 30,000 words so far. (One of these days maybe I’ll get up enough courage to ask someone to read what I’ve got so far.) Like your book, it’s a fantasy. Got to it much later in life than I should have. But I’m there now. And I’m enjoying heck out of the journey. It’s odd, isn’t it? How your characters become so real and such a big part of your life, and how they’re always surprising you with what they say or how they react, with where they take you? Yeah … so loving the journey. Thanks again for the inspiration. You rock.

    • Oh thank you so much, I’m so pleased to hear that! I firmly believe that making things is one of the best paths to happiness (please excuse how sappy that sounds) and I hope you continue enjoying the journey of that first book – I certainly learned a lot on my first one, as well as coming to the realisation that this was what I wanted to do with my life. Good luck, and keep writing :)

      (and I hope you enjoy The Copper Promise!)

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