So as you can see I failed with that promise of regular content updates on the site this year. Sorry about that.
Anyway, I felt it was time for an update. A draft of Hours of the Dog I am satisfied with has been sent to editors and I am currently awaiting their feedback. I'm finding the speed of publishing quite frustrating. I do my work slowly in any case, so I am the most to blame here, but this is compounded by having to wait for already very busy people to find time to both read and evaluate a novel. I have to submit to both my US and UK publishers, wait for both of them to submit their thoughts, take their opinions, work them into a subsequent draft, submit again, wait...
In any case, I hope at last the book is done. Sadly I very much doubt however that HoD will be out in 2014 as I anticipated. I can however say that on a more positive note that I have managed to write about 75% of book three of the Musashi series whilst waiting in these long gaps. Therefore there shouldn't be as long a wait between the second and the third as there was/is between Child of Vengeance and HoD. I've also been working on an entirely separate contemporary novel, which is weird and insane and funny.
The second, much happier, piece of news is that Child of Vengeance has been nominated for the Historical Writer's Association Debut Crown for Historical Fiction award. As the title suggests, this is given to what the association deem the best debut historical fiction novel of the year. Further details can be found here, including details about the other nominees:
The prize is nominated and awarded by other novelists, and it is flattering to have your work recognised by fellow professionals (Manda Scott is the chairwoman of the HWA, and her Boudicea series of novels are well worth checking out if you like slightly 'weirder', less straightforward historical fiction). Looking at the list of the other books, CoV seems to be the odd one out - a violent and grim bildungsroman up against what seem to be mystery/romances - but I am not sure quite what to make of this.
The award will be given on October 23rd at the Harrogate History Festival. I believe the other authors will be in attendance to sit on a panel, but regrettably given I live in Japan in my happy little stretch of radiation, I will not be able to attend.