Sneak-Writing and BristolCon


It’s half-term here in Wales, which means that the kids are home from school for a week and a half…and of course, not much writing work ever gets done in our house during school holidays, unsurprisingly. ;) I am really enjoying the novella I’m sneak-writing throughout half-term (Snowspelled), though, so much so that I’m starting to spin plans for possible future novellas in the same series. And I’m also looking forward to diving into edits for my MG spies-and-fairies novel very soon (probably next week when the kids go back to school). Hurrah for returning to my invented city of Drachenburg (the setting of both of my next MG fantasy novels)!

…which was based in many ways on Vienna, which brings us right back to…


Congress of Secrets comes out just one week from today! I am jittery with excitement and anxiety! So far, the industry reviews have been really good, but of course I can’t wait for people to be able to pick it up off the shelves (or on their e-readers). I spent my child-free time this morning writing a guest post for Mary Robinette Kowal’s blog about my family’s century-long love affair with Vienna…and basically, this book is my love letter to that city. I hope you guys will like it!

And if you happen to be around Bristol (England) and want to pick up a signed copy a few days early – it’s just 4 more days until BristolCon! Patrick and I will both be there this coming Saturday, and I’ll bring a few published copies of CoS along with me. I’ll also be doing a 5-minute reading (at 12:50) and taking part in a panel, “Writing Through the Storm,” at 3pm. Here’s the panel description on the program:

Writing fiction can provide emotional catharsis and writers often draw on challenging life events in their work. How does writing support you through challenging life events and how do such events enrich or distract from people’s writing? How has reading fiction helped our panel to navigate through life’s dark places?

The other panel members are Gareth Powell, Neil Beynon, Joanne Hall and Kate (KS) Turner, and I’m really looking forward to it.

Of course I’ll also be spending some time just hanging around in the dealer’s room or in the hotel bar/restaurant – if you see me, please feel free to come up and say hi or ask for a book to be signed!

Now it’s time to dive back into my novella for a (very) quick bout of sneak-writing before it’s my turn to take over with the kids again. Wish me luck!


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