Published: ‘Alice: Queen of Hearts’ (Lost in Wonderland #1)

November 22, 2015 marked the official release of my most anticipated project, ‘Alice: Queen of Hearts’. The first in the Lost in Wonderland series, this book has been a little seedling sprouting and growing in my imagination for the longest time—and now it’s a real, finalised, hardback book. The realisation is surreal and humbling, and even leaves me feeling a little lost myself…

Yesterday, on Publication Day, the status of the book on Amazon UK went from Available to Temporarily Out of Stock, which was a moment filled with both happiness and despair: whilst I’m delighted to know the book is causing an excited stir amongst Alice fans, I also look forward to when Amazon has replenished its stock! (The book can still be purchased from Amazon.com, with thousands of distributors and retailers picking up the book in the next coming days/weeks).

Now that the writing process is complete, I must admit I feel at a loss. I have spent so much time venturing and exploring Wonderland with Alice that, now the tick-tocking of the white rabbit’s watch has ceased to sound, I feel like I am wandering alone, with neither direction nor destination. And although I will enjoy focusing on other areas for a little while—marketing, book signings, brainstorming, outlining Lost in Wonderland #2, and also enjoying a much-needed break away in Cyprus (lost in the works of other authors: it has been such a long time since I’ve sat down and indulged in reading a book!)—I will miss Alice and the times spent dancing across pink stepping stones. It has been a beautiful and memorable journey, filled with magic, surprising twists and turns, and countless dark nights spent writing by candlelight. This part of the story has now come to an end, but Alice’s story is far from over.

The wisp of more magic still spirals in the air…

 

‘Alice: Queen of Hearts’ Now Available for Preorder

Alice Cover Final

Past articles published on my website have spoken of the passion I have for ‘Alice: Queen of Hearts’—passion that never has dwindled in the years since I first imagined taking my favourite fairytale and completing a dark, fantastical reworking. This project has been unlike any other endeavour in my professional life. But now, the hard work, years of worry and countless hours writing deep into the candle-lit night (literally speaking!) have reached their conclusion…

Alice: Queen of Hearts is now available for pre-order, with November 22, 2015 marking its official publication!

No words can ever describe how it feels to reach such an incredible stage in this journey; it is overwhelming, with emotions ranging across all points in the positive–negative spectrum. I am, of course, over the moon to see what was once just a seedling of an idea burst to life and become a physical, tangible product, soon to line bookshelves in my favourite stores. But conversely, I will miss Alice—at least until it is time for me to tackle the sequel!

From Sunday, Alice will be free to wander across the globe and venture into the hands of her fans everywhere. I am sure she will be made to spend her hours held long into the night… Maybe some will choose to enjoy her on a train, on a plane, in a car or maybe even just on a soft sofa, cuddled into a corner as the fire blazes. Regardless of where she is taken, however, I have only one hope: that she keeps you turning her pages.

I know nerves will follow me like dark shadows every step of the way as I find myself far from the safety of my own writing retreat and out there in the vast world, where my words will be put under the microscope, examined and  analysed. But nonetheless, I will look forward to people’s comments and reviews.

I’ll see you in Wonderland…

[The first in the Lost in Wonderland series, ‘Alice: Queen of Hearts‘, can be ordered here.]

‘Alice: Queen of Hearts’: Cover Revealed

One of the most exciting and exhilarating milestones to reach in the writing and publication of a book is the moment the book cover, in its final detail and glory, is revealed. That moment of seeing your work spring to life—something that has, up until that point, been intangible—is indescribable. It inspires a wave of emotions and the recognition that, in some small way, you are fast on your way to leaving your mark on the world.

As discussed in the revealing of Alice: Queen of Hearts, this work has been the most important and passionate undertaking of my life. For years it has been at the very core and heart of my life’s aspirations, and so the cover coming together and laying yet another stepping stone towards the conclusion of this journey is both overwhelming and humbling. It is around Alice that my writing life currently pivots, and so I am taking time to bask in the moment.

Sharing the cover with my reading audience is another exciting but also nerve-racking part of the process, and so I present, admittedly with slight anxiety but mainly overwhelming passion and adoration, the book cover for the first in what will be a two-part series:

Dark and enticing fantasy… All I have wanted Alice: Queen of Hearts to be. I am so beyond thrilled.

The AQH Project Revealed: ‘Alice: Queen of Hearts’

The AQH Project is a writing endeavour that has been close to my heart for several years, but is one that, ultimately, I have been too frightened and overwhelmed to undertake: the pressure of such an eagerly anticipated project and the potential to fail at something so close to my heart has kept my pen far from paper, and despite the years passing and the constant nagging voice in my mind chastising me for letting yet another 365 days pass without progress, thus far, I have remained cemented to the spot, too scared to begin.

This past year, however, has changed all of that.

A heartbreak I suffered in 2014 changed everything; changed my world, my future, my perspective on life and love. And with that experience came the courage to write, to finally make my dreams a reality, and, unexpectedly, to embark on what has turned out to be a cathartic journey.

It is finally time to reveal the AQH project. It is finally time to throw caution to one side and focus on achieving something that has been such a huge goal; the brightest star twinkling in my professional sky.

Alice: Queen of Hearts.

This project is a reworking of my favourite classic fairytale, Alice in Wonderland. With dark twists and a world far removed from the Wonderland we have come to know and love, Alice: Queen of Hearts is a different take on the story; told through a different lens and with a completely different conclusion.

Alice will come to life on November 22, at which time the book will be published and made available for purchase worldwide in hardback format. This date marks a very special time in my life, both professionally and personally, and it is my hope that the publication of this work—which has my heart and soul ingrained in its pages—will give Alice fans across the globe the opportunity to view one of our most-loved characters through darker eyes.

Alice is, and forever has been, so close to my heart. It is my hope that Alice: Queen of Hearts will take my passion and admiration to a greater level, and will provide my readers with an exciting page-turning experience.

Join me in Wonderland on November 22, 2015. Alice and I will be waiting.

If, however, you find you cannot wait until then, you can sign up to WattPad and review both the Prologue and Chapter 1; giving just enough of a glimpse into Alice and her life to tempt you to journey down the rabbit hole…

The AQH Project

The AQH Project has been, for the longest time, nothing more than an idea; a wispy cloud of thought with only the most fleeting flutters of sparkle and stardust. But in the years it has taken me finding the courage to begin seriously considering writing this book, the tiny nothingness glimmers of ‘possibly something’ have grown and developed into something more believable, more feasible and more beautiful.

Where this project is concerned, it has taken the longest time to find within myself the strength to put pen to paper, with my doubt and procrastination all stemming from a lack of faith and self-belief (Can I actually do this?). But over the last 10–11 months, after experiencing betrayal and deceit that reached a level I could never have imagined, I somehow found a way to channel my broken self into this long-held objective, and from that soul-splintering pain, the AQH project’s flame was finally ignited.

Progress has been slow-going since first starting, with some element of fear still holding me back. But whenever those chattering doubts creep into the back of my mind, I pull out the passages written so far, and read. I read as if I am impartial, and I am transported to a different land where anything is possible; where time is wound backwards and forwards all at once; where the heartache and sickening memories are gone, never to have happened, and the AQH project is a success.

With a little passion and self-belief, I expect that the AQH project will be revealed in all its whimsical beauty on September 14, 2015, ready for purchase and download on November 22, 2015. Before this point, however, teasing excerpts, cover design and character insights will all grace my site, so don’t journey too far…