It’s 21 days until publication of my third novel, The Blue Man, which will be released on Friday 29th July 2022. Since the 3 week countdown is on, I thought I’d share with you a bit about why I wrote it.
I wanted to set a story in Northern Ireland: Belfast to be specific. All the books I’ve read that are set in Belfast are all about ‘The Troubles’. I hadn’t read a book set in East Belfast, which is where I grew up, nevermind a horror. Why are there no ghost horror novels set in Belfast? If there are, please feel free to let me know. I’d be happy to be corrected.
Anyway, that’s why I decided to write one; I wrote the book I wanted to read. If you like literary horror, ghost stories or psychological fiction, please feel free to pre-order a copy.
Or, listen as I read the back cover blurb and prologue on my YouTube channel:
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.
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