Two days on the trot. See? I’m starting as I mean to go on—loins girded and more resolute than I’ve been since … well, the last time I was resolute.
I thought today I might gently ease myself back into this whole blogging malarkey with, as the title suggests, a bit of a roundup. I’m going to try my best to keep it brief and to the point, but I ain’t promising.
Most of this year has been taken up with my new work in progress, Juniper Faraday. I started the actual writing about five months or so ago after initially outlining a completely different novel (Recalling Calloway Vaughan). As with The Legacy of Lorna Lovelost, Juniper Faraday came to me pretty much fully formed. It excited me immediately and within a month or two the outline was in place and I was working on the first draft. The working draft now stands at 110,000 words and I expect to finish it either just before Christmas or just after. A pretty tense “social drama”, I think it’s my most understated and thoughtful piece so far—exploring questions of trust in a literary form that will be primarily entertaining and highly readable. Again, it’s quite different stylistically to my other work (especially Lorna Lovelost) but I believe it’s a very solidly recognisable Gary William Murning novel.
Apart from this, I’ve also been exploring publishing possibilities with The Legacy of Lorna Lovelost. Believing it a good fit with my Legend Press novel, If I Never, I offered it to Legend. In all honesty, my hopes were not that high—as Legend did not feel my earlier novel, Children of the Resolution, to be a suitable follow-up, either (Children is now my only novel to still have 100% five-star reviews on Amazon). And sure enough, Lorna was ultimately deemed too “philosophical” for their list. Which, of course, is perfectly acceptable; it’s pretty clear we have very different readers in mind. (It isn’t actually all that philosophical. No more so than my other writing.) And so I’ve made the decision to once again publish through my own imprint GWM Publications. I did think of approaching other publishers but, as this is a novel that is especially close to my heart, I decided that retaining complete control was something I welcomed. The Legacy of Lorna Lovelost, therefore, will now be published in paperback and for Kindle sometime in October next year.
As well as this, I have over the past few weeks started making tentative notes on my next project. A large canvas novel intended to explore “disability identity” from both a historic and contemporary perspective, it stands to be by far my most challenging (to write) work so far. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to it. (No, really.)
And that’s pretty much it. Over coming weeks, I hope to fill you in on more of the details regarding all these projects—with prepublication samples of Lorna probably coming early next year. I want to get back in the habit of occasionally providing a little insight into how I work and what’s important to me in my fiction.
Hopefully it will be of interest.
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