I have just got to the end of writing THM book 2, which is called: SandRider.
I’ve not had space to check in for a while but will be reading all the posts and answering over the next couple of weeks – thanks for all the great comments and questions.
If anyone is near Edinburgh this weekend come and see me! I will be at the Book Festival and at 5pm on Sunday I’m going to be talking with Sally Green about writing about the supernatural. I’m really looking forward to this, I think its going to be very interesting.
And for any Araminta Spook fans I’m there on Monday too, at 10.30.
There’s going to be a fun trailer on Amazon for PathFinder soon – watch this space…
It’s been a busy month or two here. I’ve been really getting on with writing Book Two of TodHunter Moon, got lost in the middle of the story and almost forgot about anything else! Sometimes that happens and the weeks whiz by without me realising so apologies for not being around recently. I am also at last getting my own website re-done and that’s looking good, though not finished yet.
Oh yes, and for all you Araminta fans, I’ve now started another Arminta Spook book called Skeleton Island. If you would like to come and see me talk about Araminta I’ll be at Brighton Festival on Saturday 10th May 2pm and then Luton Hoo on Sunday at 12.15. Come and say hello!
It’s been so great to share the USA PathFinder cover – so many people have done such an amazing job on it – not least of course Mark Zug who is totally Magyk. It’s a great time for me with a book as all the hard work writing it is done (bar a few tiny tweaks) and now I get to see Mark’s beautiful inside illustrations coming in. There are twelve new ones and this time they cover a full page. They are so atmospheric and capture the spirit of the story perfectly. As ever!
From some comments on Twitter I realise that in the excitement I didn’t make it clear that this cover and Mark’s illustrations are for the USA title only. The set-up is that Harper Collins are my main publisher so I work with them on the Septimus/Tod books. Bloomsbury UK have bought the rights to publish the English, Australian and NZ editions and they have different ideas about marketing the TodHunter Moon series. I haven’t seen what they have decided to do yet, but for all us Brits and Aussies and Kiwis I will keep you updated as much as I can.
Okeydokey – back to work on book 2!
So excited – we don’t have to keep the beautiful cover for PathFinder secret any longer!
I love each and every cover for all the Septimus books, but I have to say that the PathFinder cover is brilliant. So many people have worked on it to get it looking just right and now it makes it debut here, tomorrow.
Meanwhile, I’m busy running the Manuscriptorium annual sled race…
Well it’s snowing on the blogsite now, so it must be Christmas! Hope you all have a great time over the holidays and get a chance to read lots of good things. That’s what I love about time off the best – it’s reading time.
We are nearly into 2014 which means it will soon be time for the re-release in the UK of ARAMINTA SPOOK books I and 2: MY HAUNTED HOUSE and THE SWORD IN THE GROTTO.
It’s so great to have Minty back out there again and this year a new Araminta Spook/Spookie book will finally appear: GARGOYLE HALL on June 6th. Yes – I got some time to write it at last. The good news is that GARGOYLE HALL will be published in the USA too, by Bloomsbury US, which is great.
TODHUNTER MOON book two is coming into existence now, I am about a quarter of the way through and beginning to get a feel for how the story is going. And really enjoying writing about a tortoise… (an Apothercary tortoise, for all who are wondering).
I’m also doing short story number 1 as a bridge between FYRE and TODHUNTER MOON for all diehard Sep fans. And if we get some snow I’m going to make a snowman…
Have fun this holiday and here’s wishing you all a very Happy Christmas indeed!
This weekend Mark Zug is busy painting the back cover of PathFinder! I love thinking of Mark making his own Magyk so many thousands of miles away. I got to choose what he was going to put on the back cover too – SO exciting.
I’ve made a good start on Book Two of TodHunter Moon. No title for it yet, but there is a tortoise in it…
Today is a good day to begin the second TodHunter Moon book, which is what I am doing. First words, at the moment are:
“It was just before dawn. A round tent covered in faded stars sat in a wasteland of sand.”
This may change of course, but it’s an atmospheric start and sets the scene for me to think about.
So, apart from putting out the pumpkin tonight, today is just an ordinary writing day full of ghosties and strange sand storms…
I’m back again … sorry it has been a while. There’s been a lot going on here in Septimus world and I feel as though I have been in some odd time warp. Maybe Marcellus Pye has installed a Time Glass somewhere and I haven’t noticed it. It’s been good stuff, though. I went to the Bath and the Cheltenham lit fests and met so many lovely Septimus Fans. And had lots of great ideas too! But mainly I have been doing two edits, which takes a lot of thinking about.
The first edit, which I have just finished, was for GARGOYLE HALL, the new Araminta Spook which will be coming out next year. All the Aramintas are being re-issued in the UK with some lovely new covers. Really exciting!
The other edit, halfway through now, is for PATHFINDER- the title of TodHunter Moon book one. Because it is the first book of the new trilogy, I’ve needed to spend a lot of time getting to know Tod and the PathFinder world that she comes from. And now it is all coming together and soon we’ll have a really fantastic cover for the book too. Mark Zug is doing the illustrations, which is sooooo good. The world of Septimus would not be the same without Mark’s pictures.
So BIG apologies to all those whose questions have not been answered in the Ask Angie 5. I am going back there now and will see what I can do!
Well, it is nearly time for me to head up north to lovely Scotland to the Edinburgh Book Festival in Charlotte Square, Edinburgh. I’ll be there this Saturday 24th August at 3.30 and it would be wonderful if you were there too!
Here is a very long link:
Apologies for the still unanswered questions on AA 5. I have read all the lovely questions and comments but have had to stop answering until late next week now. Have jumped around a bit and answered the short ones, but I’ll get right back there as soon as I can.
Summer is zooming along so fast… so, what’s been happening?
Well, I have just finished writing Araminta Spook number six – GARGOYLE HALL – for Bloomsbury here in the UK. It’s been great fun to be back with Araminta and Wanda once more, I have forgotten how much they make me laugh!
We – that’s me and my editor at HarperCollins- have also been thinking a lot about TodHunter Moon and have come up with the title for book one. PATHFINDER. That’s written the Septimus way (of course): PathFinder
So, a busy summer away from the blog, but back now!
And very soon off to the wonderful Edinburgh International Book Festival. I will be there an Saturday 24th August at 3.30 pm – on Fyre! (Yep, it says so in the programme…) See you there?