Monday, January 27, 2014

Healthy Start to the Year

I think I've spouted here on more than one occassion, about a short story I started that became a novel, that became a trilogy. What in the name of the seven snotty orphans has happened to that, I hear you roar? Well she has been polished and shined, and then left to wallow in her own white space on my hard drive.

This is not because I didn't like her, or didn't know what to do with her, it was because I was reluctant to do anything with her until I'd gotten the sequel laid out and well under way. After a long and arduous haul, I'm finally about 6,000 words deep into said sequel. It's going strong and lookin' good!

However, just before I started the sequel fate threw a little spanner into the works. This spanner came in the form of a healthy little competition run by the RTE Today show and New Island Books, called the 'publish your novel' competition. And when a chance like that comes up, you just have to take it, a plague on all the well-laid plans.

The instructions are simple - write a novel, send it in. So I gave her an extra spit shine, and done just that. The book is called Walls of Grey, Veins of Stone, and here's a little about it:

Walls of Grey, Veins of Stone is a horror/thriller, set in the late 1800's that draws on startling connections between Christianity and Vampirism. To describe it in another way one would say it is something along the lines of Bram Stoker's 'Dracula' meets 'The DaVinci Code' with a side helping of 'Fifty Shades of Grey.' It is spine-chilling as opposed to stomach churning; a thriller on a psychological lever rather than a gore-fest.
Chills, sex and mystery - how could you resist?

The competition closed on January 25th. The shortlist will be announced on February 21st on the RTE Today Show. The winner will be announced at a later date. So I guess what I'm saying is cross your hairs, cross your legs and fingers, and keep an eye on the bookshelves in your local bookshop!


  1. pretty nice blog, following :)

    1. Excellent, thank you :) Sorry for the lack of posts, but I've slapped myself on the wrist and plan to rectify the situation as of now.