Edit, edit, edit, and repeat.
I've gone from the thrilling busyness of touring to the head-down hard slog of editing the new book. It's always something of a struggle - for one thing, you've been used to the polished state of the newly released work, and now you're facing something that's not quite up to scratch and wondering how to get it there. Ah, the writer's life! But, as good friend and wonderful author Kim Wilkins once told me, 'the only way out is through', and I recite that to myself that each day as I sit down to wrestle this draft into the next and better one.
But we do have a title! It's called WEB OF DECEIT and will probably be out in February next year. As for the story, all I can say is ... poor Ella .....
There are a few more events coming up - a lively discussion on all things crime fiction in Brisbane on May 2nd, a lovely gourmet dinner in Brisbane on May 3rd, and the wonderful Literati dinner and day of author sessions on May 25th and 26th. This event holds a special place in my heart, as it was at the first ever Literati dinner back in 2008 that I met my partner. (She's now the official Literati bookseller, too.) Who knows who you might meet when you come along?? Check out my events page for more details on all of these (and more) and links to buy tickets.
Living with a bookseller means I get to read advanced copies of books that won't be on the shelves for months, and for you Michael Robotham fans I can tell you that his new one is an absolute cracker! I am fortunate to be able to say that Michael's a great friend, but OH BOY his books fill me with writerly envy - the way he builds his characters, tells his stories, and twists his plots turn me spinach green. This one's called 'Say You're Sorry' and will be available in August. Another bestseller for sure.
Okay, time to get back to the edit.
Welcome to my first blog post! Well, technically the long post below this is first, but that's nothing but the collected news from my old website copied and pasted to here for anyone who has time to kill and a (strange) desire to read my periodic ramblings from the past four years, so it doesn't really count.
This is my revamped site. Nice, huh? :) Instead of a news page and a messageboard I now have this, so I can post more ramblings and you can add your thoughts, questions, whatever, in the comments. That means it's, like, a conversation!
So, news. I'm working on the structural edit of Silent Fear and oohh it's exciting to see it all come together! And I have some great events coming up. Check out the Events page for the details but know this: on August 27th I'm going to be interviewing the one and only Tess Gerritsen! I truly cannot wait.
Also, I'm teaching a series of workshops in editing, starting August 13 in Brisbane. The class is filling up so have a look at the Learn with Katherine page today if you think you might be interested.
What I'm reading: The Silent Girl, Tess's new book :)
What I'm listening to: 80s hits. West End Girls by the Pet Shop Boys. Yay!
What I'm watching: nothing - too busy!
Till next time!
The latest in Katherine's news, plus what she's been reading.