Writers are still writing, and new books are somewhere in the production line.
Stories are definitely still being read.
In the context of a global pandemic, we can see that so much of what we took for granted is actually built on shaky ground. Our health, our economy, our daily routines: all of these are based on a stable and predictable culture and environment.
But reality is much more haphazard than we like to think.
The stability and predictability of life are illusions to a greater or lesser extent. Humans in general don’t like randomness and change. We prefer to imagine that we can order our lives and plan what will happen. Now Covid-19 has torn down much of what we formerly took for granted, as other world events have done for generations before us.
This is a hard time to be living through, and it undermines many of our assumptions. So much is going to fall by the wayside for many different groups, but today I’m thinking in particular about writers. Publication schedules, book promotion, sales, and even bookshops are shut down or under threat. Many publishing houses have simply closed their submission portals and stopped making any new commitments to authors. Yet the #writingcommunity, like every other community, is striving to find a way forward.
In this spirit, today I’m pleased to share a cover reveal with you. This is for a new psychological thriller, being released later this year.
ONE STEP BEHIND:
Jenna is a wife, a mother, a doctor. She’s also the victim of a stalker.
Every time she leaves her house, she sees him. Disturbing gifts are left at her door. Cruel emails are sent to her colleagues. She has no idea who this man is but she feels powerless against him.
Until the day he is brought into her hospital after a serious accident, and Jenna is given the chance to find out once and for all why this man is tormenting her. Now, the power is all hers.
But how many lines is she willing to cross to take back control of her life?
ONE STEP BEHIND by Lauren North will be published by Transworld, Penguin on the 17th July 2020 (as an ebook) and in paperback on 03rd September 2020.
I hope to share a review and an author interview with UK author Lauren North later in the year. In the meantime, admire this scroll-stopping cover and pop this book on your ‘want to read’ list. I have!
See you tomorrow with a new Last Word of the Week interview.