That’s right! The title has changed.
Emmeline Muchamore was respectable once. Her sweetheart, Matilda Newry, certainly put a stop to that. But when Emmeline gains magical insight into a disastrous future battle, she weaponises her wild reputation in order to draw trouble and death away from her adopted home…risking everything and everyone she loves in the process.
Iron Lightsis a steam-powered tale of honour, love, magic, adventure, and mechanical spiders.
The book will be released in August 2018, launched at the Canberra Writers’ Festival (Sunday 26 August 2:15-2:45pm in Kings’ Hall at Old Parliament House) and available in time for Canberra’s speculative fiction conference, Conflux, which this year has the theme “The Unconventional Hero”. It’s a perfect theme for 2018 since my Emmeline is short, bisexual, female, and sometimes a bit thick.
The Iron Lights of the title refer to two famous historical lighthouses which play a vital role in the tale. There will be new and dangerous magic, another evolution of the flying machine, a clockwork army, and [redacted].
Here, to taunt you, are the first two sentences (which may also change utterly):
Being called a madwoman is, on the whole, preferable to being burned as a witch.
I looked forward to those occasions when male and female convicts were permitted to exercise at the same time, and I could converse with the man who shot me.
If you’re worried that you won’t have any more of my books to impatiently wait for. . . don’t. I have another full trilogy already written and edited and waiting in the wings.
When I was eighteen years old and living in Indonesia, I invented a fantasy world called Rahana. It is a place with thousands of islands and millions of potential stories, where magic is considered to be just another trade. It’s best described as being a lot like Narnia, but with pirates.
The HEEST trilogy is written for children (but is, as always, just the kind of thing I love to read).
The first book is THE MONSTER APPRENTICE.