Believe me, it’s been like riding the whirlwind! With a new Flavia novel – the seventh, As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust out on January 6th (having been moved forward from March 10th); a new Flavia short story – the first ever, called The Curious Case of the Copper Corpse -out in ebook on December 9th; paperback publication in Canada and the US of The Dead In Their Vaulted Arches on December 31st; a new release of my memoir The Shoebox Bible in ebook format published in Canada on November 4th; the design and re-establishment of a whole new website – well, you get the idea. There’s scarcely been time to breathe.
The Curious Case of the Copper Corpse had its roots in a fascinating discussion I had during the 2014 London Book Fair with my Italian publisher, Antonio Sellerio. Antonio was putting together an anthology of school stories and asked me if I’d like to write a Flavia short story to fit his requirements, which would then be translated into Italian. To make a short story shorter, I did so, at which time my Canadian and American publishers, Random House – bless ‘em! – decided to publish the tale as a stand-alone ebook. It’s already been chosen as a Kindle Single and should be widely available in North America via Amazon, iTunes, and major book retailers.
A UK audiobook edition will follow, just prior to Orion’s April publication, in London, of As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust.
I now hope to be able to keep you up to date with the fast-moving world of Flavia de Luce, along with sidelights on some of my other writing events and interests.
The first of these – see News and Events, below – is my first North American book tour in five years, and I couldn’t be more excited. It’s always so great to chat about all things Flavia with her readers, and I don’t think there’s a writer alive who’s blessed with more warm and devoted followers. I’ve often said that the word most often spoken by readers in talking about Flavia is “love”. It was true at her first appearance seven years ago, and is true now. Readers love Flavia, and I don’t think I’d be too presumptuous to say that the reverse is true.
Jayne Entwistle has just been presented with a well-deserved Voice Arts Award for her audiobook recording of The Dead In Their Vaulted Arches, for Random House Audiobooks, and the same book – out in paperback on December 31st – has also been nominated for a Reviewer’s Choice Award by RT Book Reviews.
Special thanks to Steve Bennett and his team at AuthorBytes who have done yeoman service in rescuing the Flavia website from its former location after the third attack by hackers in less than a year.
Please drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what you think of our new arrangements. Comments are welcome!