The Starling Requiem: Happy Publication Day

TSRcoverIt 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.

It is available here as a digital only, for immediate download as either an epub or mobi file for $2.99

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.

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Festival of Britain furnishing fabrics by John Barker for David Whitehead and Sons Ltd (1951) with words from my soon-to-be-released novelette The Starling Requiem.

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David Hurn’s 1964 image of John Lennon relaxing on a train between takes during the filming of A Hard Day’s Night. (I didn’t realise that until I flipped the card to type this in!) Words from my novelette The Starling Requiem.

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Cornell Capa’s 1958 photo of the Bolshoi Ballet School, Moscow, USSR with words from The Starling Requiem.

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Image is Camilla d’Errico’s The Egg Picnic with words from my September release novelette The Starling Requiem.

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Feeding Frenzy (2007) by Camilla d’Errico with words from The Starling Requiem (due for release next month on the equinox!)

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A length of silk damask (approximately 1850) from the Victoria and Albert Museum. Words from my upcoming novella, The Starling Requiem.