Back in England

I’ve almost been back in the United Kingdom for three weeks now. The funny thing is, there’s a part of me that feels like I never left; that my five months in Canada was nothing but a dream, and there’s another part of me that feels like this current stint in England is no more than a dream. Indeed, life feels a tad surreal at the moment.

Due to the fact I’m spending time with my family in England this Christmas period, I am taking a break from my authorly pursuits. Having said that, I’ve recently received exciting news from my publisher that my debut novel, The Black Rook, will be published on the 1st of January 2023.

Speaking of surreal sensations, the fact that the Black Rook will soon be published is hard for me to comprehend. I feel as if I need to pinch myself to make sure this is really happening. The novel took me approximately ten years to write when I factor in all of the drafts and grueling edits. And the setting – the dark fantasy world of Entros – has been well over fifteen years in the making. All in all, I feel as if I am making my former self proud by publishing this novel. In a way, I’m reassuring him that all of his efforts will not be for nothing.

It’s strange being back in England, as this is the place that made me. I feel as if I’ve grown a lot in the last few years, and so returning to my hometown in the North of England is a humbling experience. This is the place wherein my dreams of one day being able to refer to myself as an author were birthed. Now I can finally tell myself that such a dream came true.

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