This post could also have been called “Pass the Rescue Remedy” or “Christmas is Cancelled” or more practically “I’ve Signed a Book Deal”. At this point I’m more focused on the Rescue Remedy than anything, and still wondering if I’m having a (rather long) dream.
A couple of years ago, a very lovely person called Margaret Scott commented on my Facebook page to say I should try writing a book. We chatted over and back, and I discovered that she was an author. She told me to give it a try, and I did. Because of course when someone on the internet suggests you do something, you do it, right?
I scribbled furiously for six months and then… I did pretty much nothing. I wasn’t sure about the final manuscript, and I knew it needed work. A year later, I sent it to one agent, and was told that the writing was good, but that the book crossed two genres and wouldn’t work commercially. A couple of months ago, I gave it one more try, prompted again by the wonderful Margaret Scott, and got the same feedback. But it did lead to a new idea, and a new submission, and then one Wednesday morning two weeks ago when I was sitting at my laptop working away, I was offered a book deal by Poolbeg Press.
The first thing I did was get up and boil the kettle, because obviously, tea. Then I phoned my husband, and asked him if it was real or if I was dreaming. I’ve had plenty of “I thought I was dreaming” conversations over the years – to lend drama to a story – but in this case, I truly, honestly wondered if it was a dream. For aspiring authors, book deals are the holy grail, the gold dust, the hen’s teeth, and suddenly there I was in my kitchen with one falling into my lap (top).
So I cried, made more tea, phoned my husband back to check that I definitely wasn’t dreaming, then set about starting the book.
A good few people have asked me what it’s called and what’s it’s about – so here goes – for now it’s called The Other Side of the Wall and this is the blurb:
When Sylvia looks out her bedroom window at night and sees a child face down in the pond next door, she races into her neighbour’s garden. But the pond is empty, and no-one is answering the door.
Wondering if night feeds and sleep deprivation are getting to her, she hurriedly retreats – the fact that a local child has gone missing must be preying on her mind. Then, a week later, she hears the sound of a man crying through her bedroom wall.
The man living next door, Sam, has recently moved in. His wife and children are away for the summer and he joins them at weekends. Sylvia finds him friendly and helpful, yet she becomes increasingly uneasy about him.
Then Sylvia’s little daughter wakes one night, screaming that there’s a man in her room. This is followed by a series of bizarre disturbances in the house.
Sylvia’s husband insists it’s all in her mind, but she is certain it’s not – there’s something very wrong on the other side of the wall.
And of course, I’m petrified – I’ve never had to write so much in such a short time, and I can’t figure out how to fit Christmas into the mix, or just generally, life.
But I’m so happy – for aspiring authors, it really is the stuff dreams are made of. Pinch me.
38 thoughts on “Pinch Me”
excellent news Andrea! Huge congratulations
Oh the blurb gave me shivers!! Sounds right up my street! Good luck.
Wow congratulations Andrea and very well deserved. I am hooked on the blurb – enjoy the journey and try not to let the pressure overtake your creativity – the very best of luck with it! Lovely early Xmas gift.
A massive congrats Andrea
. Well deserved. Can’t wait to read it.
Ahhhhh! Amazing. Well done. Good luck x
OMG – I can’t wait to read it – get writing, get writing!!!
I love reading your stuff!!
You’re living my dream!!!
Sounds great – can’t wait to read it. Well done.
Huge congrats Andrea! Absolutely over the moon for you 🙂
Whoop! Whoop! Fantastic news and the blurb has me hooked! Well done – not a bit surprised x
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Oh congratulations! The stuff of dreams for sure.
Oh Andrea, I’m so delighted for you! This is richly deserved and I CANNOT wait to read it. Xxx
Great news Andrea! Congratulations! A film deal will be next!
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Hooked already! Sounds brilliant! Congratulations! 🙂
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Absolutely thrilled for you, congratulations! I can’t wait to read your book. 🙂
Wow that’s amazing Andrea and so well deserved. Can’t wait to read it!
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Oh wow! Massive,massive congrats Andrea. I am delighted for you.
Oh my God! Goosebumps! Amazing amazing amazing. You will do brilliantly.
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I think I’m crying too
WAAAAAAA so excited for you!!!
I am truly, turly delighted for you. And not a bit surprised because you are a fantastic writer. I am DYING to read the book!!!! Get scribbling!
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Wahooo! I’m so happy for you, this is amazing news. You are actually and truly living the dream. Except in reality the dream has a hell of a lot of hard work involved – not a bother to you!
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Oh wow, congratulations! That’s so exciting! Best of luck with fitting life in with the whole lot and pulling it all off! 🙂
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Oh, wow, well done you! I can’t say I’m not dead jealous, but I know how hard you work and how well you write and I know this is absolutely deserved. Very many congrats. Now get to writing!
So over the moon for you Andrea. I’ve always loved your writing and this is just fantastic news. So deserved. Enjoy the adventure. Can’t wait to read it!
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So beyond deserved Andrea!!! Congratulations by a billion-so excited and thrilled for you!!!:):):)
I’m beyond thrilled and excited for you. Well deserved of course and I know it must seem daunting, but you can do this and you will.
I’m really looking forward to reading the finished product and of course attending the book launch, as I’m very good at that!
All the best. Time to eek out some of Stephen kings quotes from his book to inspire you on the less easy days.
I am not one bit surprised! Very well deserved, congratulations!!
Wow!!!!!! Amazing 🙂 can’t wait to read it Andrea xx
Oh that is such fabulous and happy news! I feel like a mammy and saying I’m so proud of you! You are so focused and we all know that your writing is brilliant.
Chuffed, delighted and excited for you. Xxx
This is the stuff dreams are made of – and you had the courage to make that jump!
Congratulations what wonderful news. The blurb is great i can’t wait to read it!
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This is great, Congratulations! Your hard work paid off!
Amazing news! Just delighted for you and love the blurb so far! A very happy Christmas!!!
You’re having us on. Seriously?
I jest – just chucking in some standard incredulous Irish rapid-lash-batting in response to great news. That’s fucking brilliant. Feel free to give me a cameo as the sweary, irritating nut-job who strolls in with unhelpful comments on any on-line discussions emerging in the story-line. They can even be just incidental. A sideline hobby for the main protagonist. I just wanted to say protagonist. See? – unhelpful AND self-serving. Enjoy the pinching an ensuing glorious bruises of delight.
Thank you all for the lovely, lovely comments – I was completely overwhelmed reading them. I am usually scrupulous about replying to every comment, but in the interests of meeting the book deadline, I’m going to cheat here and do one reply-all, and keep going with the scribbling. And trying not to panic…
I loved the book, flew through it (which is very unusual for me!) well done, look forward to the next one!
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