It’s 14 days until publication of my third novel, The Blue Man, which will be released on Friday 29th July 2022. Since the 2 week countdown is on, I thought I’d share with you a bit about how this novel came about.
The Blue Man started life as a short story that I wrote back in June 2020 during lockdown. It was about 6000 words long. I submitted it to a few literary magazines and in May 2021 it was published by Scarlet Leaf Review.
However, even after it was published as a short story, I had ideas to expand it into a book-length project. I wanted to delve more into the backstory of titular enigma, The Blue Man. Writing a novel allowed me to do this. In November 2020 I began expanding the short story, outlining my ideas and making a chapter plan. I completed the first draft a year later in December 2021. Now it’s going to be released in a fortnight!
If you like literary horror, ghost stories or psychological fiction, please feel free to pre-order a copy.
Or, if you want to listen to me reading the back cover blurb and prologue, check out my video on YouTube:
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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