Monday, 12 November 2012

A good week

I just came back from a week in a hotel in Madeira. It's warm there at this time of year so I swam in the outdoor pool every day. But the rest of the time I sat in my room working on the second full-length novel in my Emily Castles mystery series, Beyond Belief, which will be published next year by Thomas & Mercer.

The week got off to a good start even before I left London when I saw The Miracle Inspector on the shelves and on a table by the window in two bookshops at Gatwick airport. There are hundreds of books published every week and very little shelf space available in the bookshops so it's a really big deal to see your book for sale at an airport. I took more pictures of the shelf display than I did of the view from my hotel room, lovely though it was.

I didn't turn on my wireless connection to check my emails or Facebook or Twitter until Friday afternoon so I got a lot of work done on Beyond Belief. On the plane on the way home from Madeira I thought of a brilliant story for the third book in the series and I came home and wrote the outline, ready to start on it after I have finished this one.

When I was in my twenties I had a wonderful time bringing up my daughter. We travelled all over the world together and I had lots of adventures in London and abroad. But now that I'm older I can't think of anything that would make me happier than getting some writing done (unless it's seeing my book in the airport on the shelves of WH Smith.)


The audio book for Alison Wonderland launched while I was away. It's read by Alison Larkin, an award-winning actress who writes and performs solo comedy shows and has appeared on Broadway. She has also written a book called The English American which is published by Simon & Schuster.

A German edition of Alison Wonderland launches tomorrow, 13th November. Clever, gerissen und mit genau dem richtigen Schuss an Magie, ist Alison Wonderland ein Roman ├╝ber eine unvergessliche Heldin, die versucht, die t├Ąglichen Verwicklungen des modernen Lebens zu meistern.


While I was away, some more reviews came in for The Miracle Inspector. Beth at The Pieces of Me calls it 'a great read'. You can read the full review here.

Cara at The Tattooed Book says: 'I would recommend this to lovers of dystopian fiction with a craving for a deeper literary style.' You can read the rest of the review here.

Rachel at Live to Read says: 'Smith writes a breathtaking dystopian world that revolves around suppression, fear, and two younger adults who have a chance at a better world.[...] I recommend this book for lovers of the dystopian genre. It’s not just another story, this one digs deep into wounds and in the end makes you want to read more.' You can read the rest of the review here.

Bibliomouse's reviewer says: ' If you like your  fiction bleak but thought-provoking, you should give this book a try.' And, 'A prequel could be really interesting.' You can read the rest of the review here.

If you have read The Miracle Inspector you may be interested to know that I am planning a prequel. It will tell the story of Anna Gray and Matthew (the parents of Lucas, one of the main characters in The Miracle Inspector) and Jesmond, the poet, and how they were involved in the revolution in England. Anna Gray will be a kick-ass heroine and there will be lots of fighting.

It's my birthday in a few weeks and I'm feeling very happy at the moment with all this good news about my books - there's a lot to celebrate. I'll be doing a giveaway on my blog later this week so you can celebrate with me. Please check back here in a few days for details.

12 comments:

Karen Wojcik Berner said...

Sounds like a great week, Helen!

Helen Smith said...

Thanks, Karen! They don't come round too often. But when they do...

Donna Fasano said...

I want to be you when I grow up! Oh, wait. I am grown up. Darn! :(

Sounds lovely, Helen!

Helen Smith said...

But I want to be you! We should do a partial transfusion so we can both be both of us. I'll invent a special machine.

M.P. McDonald said...

Wow, that is a great week! That view from your hotel is gorgeous! You are living the dream life of a write. *sigh* Can I be you for just a day?

Helen Smith said...

Thank you! It's a really lovely hotel. I did feel as though I was living the dream last week. This week I'm back to sitting around the house in my dressing gown, looking at Facebook, achieving nothing. So be careful which day you choose if you decide to be me...

Jon said...

I adored Madeira; such a beautiful place. A perfect environment to stimulate the senses, that is certain. Welcome back to miserable British November-dom... Jx

Helen Smith said...

Thank you! It is beautiful, isn't it? And it is miserable here - too dark, too soon. But seeing these lovely comments on my post from you, M.P., Karen and Donna is very cheering.

Andrew Biss said...

Helen, I'm so pleased to read of all of these really terrific things going on with you right now. Good things happen to good people!

Helen Smith said...

Thanks, Andrew.

Jake said...

Glad to know sequel is in the future. Enjoying your blog. Congratulations on being sold at airport we travelers are always looking for a great read.

Helen Smith said...

Thanks, Jake!