I am so pleased to be hosting YA author Martin Stewart, all the way from Scotland, for a really interesting chat about his latest novel, the excellent horror The Sacrifice Box, and his debut Riverkeep, his writing approach, inspirations and the new bookish podcast he's launched.
I hope you enjoy reading Martin's interesting answers as much as I did!
Well, sign it obviously. Except nothing is ever quite as straightforward as that. My very first thoughts after being offered a contract was mfmfmghuiewhieuwfjghb!!!!!
I was pretty excited.
And basically couldn’t hold a normal conversation with the nice people at Wakefield Press who were offering me a contract. (I spent a lot of that meeting with my head on their desk sort of freaking out happily. They are super nice so didn’t judge me.) My second thought after receiving that contract was...
A healer who cannot be healed . . . When Zivah falls prey to the deadly rose plague, she knows it’s only a matter of time before she fully succumbs. Now she’s destined to live her last days in isolation, cut off from her people and unable to practice her art—until a threat to her village creates a need that only she can fill.
A soldier shattered by war . . . Broken by torture at the hands of the Amparan Empire, Dineas thirsts for revenge against his captors. Now escaped and reunited with his tribe, he’ll do anything to free them from Amparan rule—even if it means undertaking a plan that risks not only his life but his very self.
Thrust together on a high-stakes mission to spy on the capital, the two couldn’t be more different: Zivah, deeply committed to her vow of healing, and Dineas, yearning for vengeance. But as they grow closer, they must find common ground to protect those they love. And amidst the constant fear of discovery, the two grapple with a mutual attraction that could break both of their carefully guarded hearts.
I am lucky enough to have my very own debut #LoveOzYA novel (heart eyes) coming out in March 2019, which is a YA contemporary high school love story called: Making Friends with Alice Dyson. I thought it might be kind of interesting to honestly chronicle the experience of being a debut YA author on the traditional publishing route, and to peel back the curtain a little for anyone who might like to know more about this journey (or is going through something similar). I know there is a LOT of information floating around the net about how to get published, but a little less about what happens afterwards. I am an absolute newbie to this side of the fence, and will be chronicling everything I learn along the way here. And for today’s post, I thought I’d start with the obvious: How Hard is it to Actually Get a Novel Published?
I read a lot. Maybe not as much as some of the voracious readers I have met at book club (who read about a thousand books a month!) but I read when I can because it makes me happy. I adore stories and I love to cram them inside my head. I also enjoy to chat about them too, so I thought I might start writing a bit more about what I’m reading on my blog, just for fun. I’m not mad into writing reviews, so I will keep this short and sweet and fun! Because this is my blog, and I can do that if I want to.