Hi everybody - welcome to the September edition of my blog. I hope you're all well. This last week has been a hot and stuffy one, but hopefully you're making it through. Autumn is just around the corner, which includes two of my favourite events - Guy Fawkes Night and, of course, Halloween - which just happens to be the launch date for my new book.
It's been a really busy month from a writing perspective, and I have a few things to update you on.
Firstly, as you can see from the image, my Bookstagram tour will take place from 16th to 20th October, just ahead of the release date, so you'll get to hear from not five, not ten, but seventeen bookstagrammers. They'll review the book, post images, and generally comment on the novel. These tours are fun to do, and I'm grateful to the online reviewers who devote their time to supporting authors, publishers and the literary arts in general. Keep your eyes peeled for updates on my Instagram page which can be found here - Stacey Dighton (@staceydightonauthor) • Instagram photos and videos.
Secondly, I'll be attending the UK Comic and Gaming Convention on the 1st October (image of the banner for my stand below), where I'll be selling signed advance copies of The Faraway People. If you want to be one of the first in the country to get your hands on one, head down to The Kent Showground in Detling, Kent. You can get your tickets here - BUY EVENT TICKETS | Ukcgf. These events are great fun to attend. They're full of some really fantastic people, including stars of the comic and gaming worlds. Also, if you're a Cosplayer, why not come along dressed as whatever character takes your fancy. There'll be plenty of other people doing the same.
The audio book version of my horror short, An Ocean Black, has now been recorded by a very talented voice actor and is available online. If you haven't read the story yet, or even if you have but you'd like to hear someone else characterising it, then you can buy Scare Street's Night Terrors Volume 26 audio book here - Listen to night terrors vol 26 Audiobooks | Audible.co.uk. It's a great listen, and the book contains so many other scary tales from some fantastic authors.
I'm just putting the final touches to the completed draft of my Christmas ghost story, The Saint and The Seraph, which will be published by Knight Writing Press at the end of the year. The compilation will be called Closed for The Season, and again, it will contain lots of really great stories from some very talented authors. I wrote this story earlier this year, and I'm really pleased that it will finally see the light of day.
I've been reading some great books this months. I recently completed The Brood by Chase Novak which was a really thrilling but creepy take on the 'children with superpowers' trope. I really enjoyed it. I'm just finishing up The Doll-Master, which is a collection of five novellas from Joyce Carol Oates. I've never read any of her works before, but I highly recommend checking her books out. She has a really immersive writing style which I'm really enjoying. Next up for me is The Creeper by A.M. Shine. As usual, I haven't read the blurb, but I've heard good things, and I'm looking forward to getting stuck in.
Work progresses on my next release which I hope to be able to bring you news on shortly. I'm really enjoying writing it and finding out where the story will take me. I plan a lot of what happens in my writing, but I'm never afraid to let the narrative guide me if it wants to go in another direction. This one is dragging me into some strange but interesting places.
There will be a book launch for The Faraway People, which I'm really excited about. It will be held at a local pub in my hometown of Sittingbourne, Kent. The pub's called The Long Hop, and it's a great little family run venue. The launch is likely to be held during the first week of November. I'll announce more details on here and on my social media pages as they get firmed up. If you're in the area, it would be great if you could make it. You never know, I might even buy you a drink.
Anyway, that's all for this month. As you can see, there's a lot happening, and I always feel so blessed that I'm able to do this 'making stuff up and writing it down' pastime for a living.
Have a great September, and take care.
PS. Oh, almost forgot. I turn 50 next week, but the less said about that, the better.