It has been a very long time between drinks for me as a published author. In fact, it was this time last year I made the decision to turn my back on writing – as I had known it – to walk away from the public eye, and it has been over the course of the past 12 months of ‘not being a writer’ that I have found my way back to writing – for me, my way.
So, it’s with immense delight that I launch The Starling Requiem today, a 11,500 word novelette.
Anikó has a new life as an author, supported for a year by a meager grant. By day, she writes the novel the Government commissioned. By night, she writes a novel the Government would never endorse. To stave off loneliness and hunger, she joins a study mapping the neural pathways of narratives, and it is there, in the Science Partition, she meets the enigmatic and paranoid E. When E goes missing, Anikó is forced to walk the liminal space between her old life and new to find him. The search unearths cutting-edge, pre-revolution technology that promises both resurrection and revolt in the real and imagined worlds.
A very big thank you to Kim, Cat and Rob who all helped during the writing, editing and proof reading process. With them as my pit crew I was able to believe I had the writing chops to pull off this story.