Friday, 27 April 2012

Exciting News: I've Gone International!

Photo Credit: Emily Smith (Rememba Ent)

The wizardly man in the photograph is Del Howison, and he is the owner of Dark Delicacies in Burbank, California. Dark Delicacies is a specialist shop that deals in the weird and wonderful, the strange and dark, the odd, the different. 

Quite frankly, it's my kind of place. 

And now, thanks to Emily Smith of Rememba Ent, my novel, Mother's Helper, and my short story collection, Some Body's At The Door, are also part of the stock. One signed copy of each for now, and I think that's a good start.

Emily and I have been friends for a long time. A very long time. Twenty years. And over that time we've done a lot together - I'll never forget the night bus trips we took when we missed the last train back from London (numerous times!), and staying up all night talking politics with friends that she introduced me to. 

There was the time we went to a press premiere of a musical and met Robert Lindsay and Gloria Hunniford after we'd arrived just a little late and had to run up the red carpet! And after all that, the musical was terrible, and we left at the interval... it disappeared into the wilderness and never did make it to the West End.

We often took jaunts up to the Top of the Pops studio, and managed to bop along to many stars, including Celine Dion and Shakira! We never did get spotted on TV though. Oh well. 

And when Emily emigrated to America - to Hollywood - I went with her to the airport and had a long, weepy farewell with her. 

The last time she came back to the UK, Emily suggested that she take some of my books back with her, and see what she could do with them. She had a few ideas. Emily always has a few ideas, so I happily gave her as many as I could spare, and waited on tenterhooks to see what would happen! 

What happened was, I went international. 

Yes, me, my books, in an actual shop in actual California. 

This is a dream come true for me, and every time I remember that they're there, my stomach does a little flip of excitement. It's given me the confidence to visit some shops nearer to home, and I've even arranged to have a stall at an arts festival in June (the ArtMart in Folkestone, Kent - see my events page for further details. 

If I'm honest, I had lost the first flush of excitement over the publication of my books, and I had let them languish somewhat. I still believed in them, still thought they were good, but I began to concentrate on other projects and let them fend for themselves. But now, I can't wait to get back out there and promote them! 

Thank you, Emily, and I hope to return the favour some day soon! 

Friday, 13 April 2012

Book Trailer: The Memory Eater

This image is not just the brilliant cover for the Memory Eater anthology (in which my story, 'Scrambled Heads', features), it is also a link to the book trailer for my story. 

There are a lot of firsts associated with this anthology.

This is the first anthology I was ever accepted into. It is the anthology that began my addiction, and I cannot wait to finally have a copy in my hands. 

And this is my first book trailer, and it was created by the talented Justin Swapp

It is also the first time I've been involved with Kickstarter (and more on that later).

I love this anthology. What would you pay to have your worst memories erased? What would you do, what would you sacrifice? And what if those memories are linked to other, better ones? Would you risk losing those as well?

In my story, the narrator (who is never named) is a Memory Eater - he is the one who is paid a lot of money to do the deed and take away what is no longer wanted. But he has fallen on hard times, and when he is offered a fortune to take part of just one, little, inconsequential backstreet MemEat, he decides to take the job.

Only nothing is ever inconsequential. Not really. 

This project is part of a Kickstarter campaign, which, before the Memory Eater, I had never heard of. Kickstarter is a website that enables projects to be funded by the public, and in return the backers can get all sorts of unique items for their pledges. From copies of the eBook to a  piece of flash fiction personally penned by the editor, CP, and written on the inside cover of a paperback copy of the book, there are lots of options to choose from. And pledges start at a dollar. 

You can even get an original print of Brent Schreiber's illustration for my story, 'Scrambled Heads'. But hurry if that's the option you're going for... I'm tempted myself!