I’ve seen the Sunker’s Deep cover …

June 1st, 2014

And it is gorgeous! You probably know that I adore the cover for Ice Breaker, so I’ve been waiting with bated breath to see what artist Seb Ciaffaglione would do for the second book in the series. On Friday I got to see it at last – and it is just as beautiful as Ice Breaker. Wow! Hopefully I’ll be able to show it to you soon.

Not much else going on. I’m up to 30,000 words in the first draft of Book 3, with absolutely no idea what I’m doing. But that’s fairly standard for this stage of the proceedings, so I’m not too worried, and assume it’ll make more sense as I go along.

This Wednesday I’m off to the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival in northern NSW. It sounds like a great festival, full of interesting people, including a few writers I met at the Beaconsfield Festival, so it’ll be good to see them again. I’m doing workshops with both kids and adults, and also a few talks about the stories behind the writing of Ice Breaker. Plus a panel!

Meanwhile here in Lauderdale it is cold and wet. Harry is curled up in front of the fire with a little sign in his paws saying, ‘Wake me up when it’s spring.’ πŸ™‚ The chooks are wandering around the garden looking sodden. They haven’t stopped laying yet, or started moulting. Last week I painted Dolly and Clara.

I used to draw and paint a lot when I was a kid, but haven’t done it for years. Now I’m just starting to get back into it, and this is my favourite picture so far. It’s a bit confronting doing something that I’m not very good at – I have to remind myself over and over again that we learn by making mistakes, and that if we’re not making any mistakes, it means we are not pushing ourselves and not learning!

0 thoughts on “I’ve seen the Sunker’s Deep cover …

  1. I knew you must have been an artist! Its rare for an author to put so much emphasis on making their characters so physically distinct and interesting as you do in your books. I knew you had to be a visual thinker.
    Great sketch!

    1. Io says:

      Totally and absolutely agree with Sebastian! And Sunker’s Deep’s cover sounds…well, I jut want to see it!


      1. Lian says:

        And I want to show it to you, Io! But we will have to be patient a little longer.

        1. Io says:

          *sighs* sadly, I still have wait. Why does time have to be such a tortoise???

          1. Lian says:

            Always a tortoise when you want it to go fast, and a hare when you want it to go slowly. πŸ™‚

          2. Io says:

            Ha ha ha! So true!


    2. Lian says:

      That’s really kind of you, Seb, though I think ‘artist’ is an exaggeration. πŸ™‚

  2. Lilli says:

    Wow ! Lian , you are a very talented artist ! Who knew that something like Lian Tanner’s chooks can turn into a beautiful picture ! I really hope that you can do a workshop or a talk in Sydney sometime ! I really hope that I can meet you some day ! xxx

    Love Lilli x πŸ™‚

    1. Lian says:

      Thanks Lilli. I have no idea when I will get to Sydney. I don’t suppose you and your mum can make it to Bellingen for the writers’ festival this weekend? xx

  3. Io says:

    Well, while we are all in the wait, who wants to win Ice Breaker??? Me me! Enter here:

    …and you could win Ice Breaker! I already entered. Really want to win!


  4. Lilli says:

    Dear Lian
    Are we still going to do a competition for the school holidays ( July ) ?

    From Lilli πŸ™‚

    1. Lian says:

      School holidays … that’s a good idea. I will get onto it this coming week, Lilli. Thanks for the reminder!

  5. Lilli says:

    My pleasure ! Have you heard back from the bookplate people yet ? I just finished reading Icebreaker the second time – I love the part when ( SPOILER ALERT TO THOSE WHO HAVE NOT READ IT YET ) Petrel, Dolph and Fin go into the Maw and they realise that it isn’t a monster it is just a submarine !
    The epilogue helped a lot with the Sleep Captain as well ! I cannot wait until Book 2 – I wonder what Lian will pull out of her magic hat of ideas to top Sunker’s Deep ?????????

    From Lilli xxx

    1. Io says:

      Whatever it is, I’m definitely sure it will blow our minds!

      1. Lian says:

        πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    2. Lian says:

      The bookplates were here when I got back from Bellingen yesterday afternoon, Lilli. I’ll put up a post about them either today or tomorrow. Would you like one? Or two?

      I’m glad Ice Breaker stood up so well to a second reading. And yes, that’s one of my favourite bits too!

  6. Lilli says:

    Agreed Io

  7. Lilli says:

    Yes please Lian ! Could I have one ?
    Do you know which month Sunkers Deep is coming out ?
    Whats your email because my mums email is messing up and that is usually the one i comment with !

    From Lilli xxxx

    1. Lian says:

      Hi Lilli

      Sunkers Deep is coming out at the end of October. The launch (if you happen to be in Hobart!) is on Sunday November 2nd. I’ll email you with my email address.

  8. Whitney says:

    you are so talented!

    1. Lian says:

      Thanks Whitney, it’s very nice of you to say so! πŸ™‚

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