My children's novel, The Invisible QuillMay 19, 2022
Since the end of February 2022, I have been in the final editing stages of my children's novel The Invisible Quill. I wrote it over 20 years ago, edited it a couple of times, and never finished what I thought would be the last edit (it turns out my English has improved somewhat in 20 years and so I am NOW doing the final edit!)
My daughter is currently designing the cover and my book will come out in September 2022.
As you will know from my ‘About me’ page, I was born in France and came to the UK at the age of 18. It is only after a few months on the other side of the English Channel that I realised I had come here to escape a stifling family situation and find freedom.
Despite the fact that I never went back to France, of course my roots were and still are dear to me and I wanted to write a book about France and about a bilingual 10-year-old boy who spends his summer holidays in the south of France, in Carcassonne.
The year I was finally ready to finish my book, 2005, Kate Mosse published her book Labyrinth, also set in Carcassonne. I was devastated. I didn't feel I could possibly seek a publisher (KDP and the Kindle didn't exist yet!) for a novel that was set in the same town as her novel was, and I couldn't change the place because my novel featured the famous French playwright Molière and he had actually been to Carcassonne with his travelling theatre. Also, I didn't know towns in the south of France like I knew Carcassonne (having spent a few days there just two years prior to starting writing the book) and I certainly didn't want to set the story in Paris, far too common!
So I waited some more...
I honestly thought I would one day just burn the manuscript and delete all my files from my computer. But I didn't.
And at the start of this year, January 2022, I discovered that it was the 400th anniversary of Molière's birth. I felt I absolutely couldn't miss this opportunity! My novel HAD to be finished THIS YEAR! And so I got to work.
The plan for 2022 was absolutely not to finish writing this children's novel, it was to finish writing my Guide for Glorious Girls. Oh well, sometimes life and history take you in a different direction!