The fiction has taken a back seat for the moment, while I work on two poetry / hybrid ‘projects’. But
encouraged by the fact that ‘Inhaler’ (short story) was shortlisted for the 2014 Bridport Prize
I’ll just blow a kiss here to my fiction drafting, patiently waiting for me to return:
I’ve just put back on the shelf for later: Hark, a Young Adult novel, set on an alt-Earth where people and technology are scarce, and a girl with super-hearing must escape enslavement to save the very community she rejected.
I got to final draft stage, got some very encouraging help and comments from Cornerstones, who considered it for sending to agents, then sent it to a few I’d made contact with. None of the eight were interested, so I’m taking a breather, reviewing, before sending it out again at some later stage.
Also waiting to be worked-on some more:
Dolphin; a gender-fluid tale of love and space.
Inhaler; Lit Fic, multiple-voiced, exploring the aftermath of a young woman’s death against the background of societal and environmental upheaval in a Britain of the possible future.