It is one year since I started writing draft 1 of my supernatural horror (novel WIP # 4). Last November was when I decided to expand the short story version of this work in progress into a novel length project. Amidst all the intensity of the last two and a half weeks since publication of The Buddha’s Bone, I had completely forgotten that fact – until now. I am up to 75k words, hurray!

I am nearing the end of this draft, but in order to write the epilogue I’m back to reading the entire draft from the start, just to get the continuity straight. It’s tough going. I’m in the thick of it so much at the moment that I may even need to take a short break over the coming weeks.

But for now, ploughing on. My goal is to get draft 1 finished by the end of this year, ready to go to my editor, followed by copy editor, then beta readers and so on. Fingers crossed.

Rest assured you shall be hearing more on this topic very soon…

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is an author and poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has written four novels, including award-winning ghost horror, The Blue Man, as well as three poetry collections. Her writing confronts the nature of self; her novels feature main characters on a dark psychological journey who have a crisis of identity and create a new sense of being. 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 literary journal with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from publishing pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary lad, a voracious reader of sea monster books. CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

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