I’m rather pleased with my novel draft progress after some reflection this weekend. I started novel WIP#4 back in November, expanding my 7000 word short story, The Blue Man that I wrote in lockdown last year (which is currently published in Scarlet Leaf Review) into a book-length project. I’m currently up to 52,275 words. Not an easy feat as I’m also a mum of an energetic preschooler.

This book is going to be quite a bit different from the short story, for those of you who have read that version. I’m ramping up the supernatural horror aspect, and providing a lot more creepy backstory about the sinister central character. Stay tuned for more updates!

While we’re on the topic, novel WIP#3 is still out on submission to publishers. Though I’m gearing up to maybe self-publish it later this year. More on that in another post.

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is a novelist and poet. Her debut novel, Gods of Avalon Road was published by Blossom Spring Publishing in October 2019 and her second novel, The Buddha's Bone is forthcoming in October 2021. Leilanie has also published three poetry collections: The Redundancy of Tautology (Cyberwit, 2021); Chemotherapy for the Soul (Fowlpox Press, 2017); A Model Archaeologist (Eyewear Publishing, 2015) and two self-published pamphlets: Toebirds and Woodlice (Meandi Books, 2012); Metamorphosis of Woman (Meandi Books, 2012), satirical novella Zombie Reflux (Meandi Books, 2014) and surreal novelette, Til Death do us Boneapart (Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, 2017). Leilanie is also Editor in Chief of Bindweed Magazine, a poetry and fiction online magazine that also publishes a quarterly print anthology. She currently lives in Belfast with her writer and poet husband, Joseph Robert and their lively literary tot, a voracious reader of educational books. Literary blog: https://leilaniestewart.com/ Meandi Books: http://meandibooks.bigcartel.com/ Bindweed Magazine: https://bindweedmagazine.wordpress.com/

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