This winter I have finally slowed down and reentered the creative phase of the writer’s life. Back to the heart of the matter. Back to words. Last year was extremely tough for many reasons. And yet it was the year that The Cartography of Others was finally published, after five years of inventing, polishing and submitting stories, and editing, resubmitting, publishing, compiling the book, followed by more editing - endless, maddening editing. Unbound did a remarkably thorough job and produced a beautiful cover. Again, I would like to thank those who pre-ordered copies pf The Cartography of Others from Unbound. Grazie mille from the bottom of my heart. And after publication I worked as hard as I could on marketing, promotion, readings and reviews. So many different hats have been worn on this head..
And now it’s back to creative work. Nuts and bolts. Staring at the mountain beyond my window, frost outside. Wordlove. Characters in my head. I’m very happy as the first part of my new book has just won me a writing residency in Crete for the end of this summer, so waves of words, hopefully, will come to me. Until then, hibernation, dark chocolate, espresso and winter sunlight for this writer.