don’t know what you’re doing for a long time. It seems like a huge mess
because it is a huge mess. If you looked at the notes from early on in
the writing of this book, you’d think, “This person is crazy. This could
never be a novel.” That’s how all my books have felt when I started
writing them. Trying to explain them to people was like trying to
explain a dream." - Donna Tartt, a woman after my own heart.
definitely in that 'mess' stage. Unfortunately most of the mess is in
my head - I haven't even managed to commit much to paper/screen. I have faith that it will all come together - I remember going through a similar stage with Magpie Hall.
The Sound of Butterflies was the title of my first novel, published in the UK by Picador, in the US by William Morrow and in New Zealand by Random House, and translated into eight foreign languages. In 2009 my next novel, Magpie Hall, was published in New Zealand by Random House, and in 2012 my first novel for children, Red Rocks. This blog is my thoughts on the world of writing and books.
Photo by Sharon Blance.