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 an author and poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her writing centres around protagonists who are on a journey of self-discovery and who explore their identity by overcoming adversity. She began writing for publication while working as an English teacher in Japan, a career pathway that has influenced themes in her writing. Her former career as an Archaeologist has also inspired her writing and she has incorporated elements of archaeology and mythology into both her fiction and poetry. In addition to promoting her own work, Leilanie runs Bindweed Magazine, a creative writing ezine, with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from literary pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary tot, a voracious reader of construction vehicle books. CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA: https://mailchi.mp/17e6ca162ff3/leilanie-stewart-author

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