It appears Spring has arrived early! Hooray! There’s nothing quite as motivating and energising as a bit of sunshine. Let’s hope it lasts (I won’t hold my breath though).
Slippery Souls is coming on well this week. I’ve got 20 chapters of the first draft done now – 14 more to go.
Last Friday went well at Cleveland College of Art & Design where I met the 17 graphic design students who are working on my book cover brief. I’m pretty open as to whether the cover is photographic, illustrative or type only – they have free reign to do whatever they like and to take it in whichever direction they see fit. It was great to see that they were all enthusiastic and keen on the project, and one student in particular was showing me sketches he’d been working on of Libby, Rufus and Grim. It was absolutely amazing to see my characters coming to life within his illustrations. I’ll be heading back to the college on the 28th March to the final presentation – I can’t wait!
The book jacket blurb I supplied the students with is as follows (though it may be subject to change by the time the book is ready to be published):
Libby Hood has hit a bad patch in life – and just when she thinks things can’t get any worse she is killed in a car accident alongside her dog Rufus. During their transition to the afterlife’s Sunray Bay, Rufus somehow manages to absorb her soul – which, in turn, gives him human-like qualities and renders her soulless.
With a talking dog in tow Libby tries to unravel the mystery of her slippery soul, encountering many setbacks and dilemmas along the way – she has no idea why a group of monster slayers, headed by an ex-convict, are hunting her down; and when she teams up with rogue Peace & Order Maintenance Officer, Grim, she’s shocked to discover that there’s a mob of disgruntled vampires and a very angry mayor hot on their heels too.
Libby has never felt so unpopular and begins to wonder whether it’s possible to die twice in one day…
Nothing else significant happened on the writing front last week – although I hope everybody enjoyed World Book Day. Thanks to Chris Robinson, member of the Easington Writers Group, for inviting me to her book event on Saturday night where I acquired a free copy of Nigel Slater’s autobiography Toast – which I’m looking forward to reading and will then duly pass on to my brother who, in turn, will hopefully pass on to somebody else when he’s done reading it J