Updates, new books, teaching and getting The Alchemy into the world
So first, here is the recently revealed cover of my next book, my fifth and second book of stories: Ravished. If you were to have a look https://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/fiction-poetry/ravished-a-series-of-reflections-on-age,anna-vaught-9781914114106?term=ravished+anna you'll see the pre-orders are up. These are creepy, gothic, weird, mordant and hopefully funny too.
This book is out on 29th September.
Then, this week, I handed in a tidy second draft of my memoir to the same publisher (they are rather lovely, by the way and I recommend you read their books and consider querying if that's your bag). My memoir is called These Envoys of Beauty and it's out in spring, 2023
This is a slightly unusual book in that it's memoir expressed across twelve essays connected by theme and context. It is essentially a frank account of extended and complex trauma and the many years of ill health that have followed because of that. However, it is also about joy and imagination because I show you how I managed through a deep and abiding (and nerdy!) attachment to and involvement in the natural world. It's not about a cure. I think that we are too quick to want to see a triumph or a cure for those who are disabled or chronically unwell, but that is a lazy old trope. No; I am not cured - but I have and have had the best company. You'll see!
In other book news, I have a novel on agency submission at the moment. It's magical realism and is called The Zebra and Lord Jones. I am hoping we can pull all this together soon, but things are slow out there. I think we have all been overwhelmed by circumstance - by life. It's important to recognise. News here as soon as I have it, though.
What are you doing on the 22nd of May? Although I am still confirming a few things, in lovely West Wiltshire I will be teaching a full day writing retreat and it'd be great if you came. I am also going to be doing an online retreat in mid June (TBC) for access and to accommodate writers from around the world. These are about writing fiction - novels, novellas and short story collections. Watch this space.
Thank you again for your support of and interest in The Alchemy I have nearly finished the full text and it is my profound hope that we get it out into the world! I would be enormously grateful if you could pledge towards it. A crowdfunded book - new departure for me - all the details are here and we will add new pledges during the six month funding period.
Have a look and, if you pledge, do please share on socials. You are now very much part of the book!
There is still time to apply for the course I am tutoring on over the next year
https://jerichowriters.com/ultimate-novel-writing-course/ - writing your novel in a year. Have a look.
Wishing you well in all you do,