First day of 2017 and that traditional news round-up of the previous twelve months. First of all I wish you all a wonderful 2017 and thank you all for supporting my writing over 2016!
2016 was a strange year. A great deal of it felt as if life in the Edwards-Coleborn household was marking time. Health and homes and all those things that make up what is so quaintly called the rich tapestry. But all of that, darlings, is sooooooo last year! Onward (as they say) and not upward so much as forward into stardom!
Most prominent with regard to my writing was the arrival of Fables and Fabrications (available in paper and kindle formats at all good online outlets 🙂 🙂 ) This has been a steady seller I am happy to say – even finding an audience outside of the UK, despite many of the stories being very ‘English’ in setting – as the cover blurb has it: “Fourteen tales of mystery, mirth and the macabre. From the arctic wastes of Norway to a fun laden evening at the fair, Jan Edwards leads us through a world where nothing is as it seems. Shape changers and ancient spirits roam and cats play a crucial part in stories that unsettle and disturb the reader’s perception.”
On the short story front published in 2016:
‘Jamesian Conundrum’ appeared in The Mammoth Book of the Adventures of Moriarty: The Secret Life of Sherlock Holmes’s Nemesis, Robinson (UK) December 2015 but was also issued in Skyhorse Publishing (USA) August in 2016.
I am also going to include ‘The Decks Below’, Terror Tales of the Ocean, Gray Friar Press. Yes, technically published December 2015 but as it arrived on the last 2 weeks of 2015 I think it counts!
Hot on their heels came ‘Shaman Red’, Winter Tales, Fox Spirit Books in February.
‘Bone Wary’ Tales From The Lake: vol 2 Crystal Lake Publishing arrived in March.
‘A Sorrow of Sweet Pipings’, The Thirteen Signs, Nocturnicorn Books in August
‘Threadbare’, Something Remains, Alchemy Press in September.
My final 2016 publication credit was ‘The Adventure of the Golden Hunter’ MX Sherlock Holmes V, MX Publishing in November.
The writers among you will know that quite often work written in one year will not see light of day until the next (or in the case of scripts anything from two to four years- still waiting to see White Witch of Devil’s End – though as it is now an IMDB credit I think I can legitimately include it on the 2016 list.
I have also had regular blog spots with Authors Electric as well as on my own page.
And there are of course the pieces written over the past twelve months and accepted – but are still under wraps.
I can say that I have my crime novel is finally ready for launch later this year. Fans of Captain Georgi – whose adventures have graced several anthologies over the past few years – may be happy to hear that her collected tales are on the cards. Also the possibility of my ‘Margrave’ urban fantasy volume emerging at last – the first of a series.
All of these three novel-length projects are run-ons from 2016 and placed on hold because… well, life got in the way as it sometimes does. But 2017 dawns with renewed vigour and the will to get them out there for your reading pleasure!
Happy new year to you all!