Rita’s Revenge is getting closer…

May 18th, 2022

It’s only a month and a half until Rita hits the shops, and I’m starting to think about launches and book trailers.

Book cover showing brown duck with a book under one wing and the other wing outstretched. She is surrounded by fridge letters that read 'duck' and 'poet'.

I’ve never actually made a book trailer before, and I was going to spend the first half of this year practising. Of course I didn’t get round to it, so it’s going to be a lot more rushed. But thanks to the pandemic, I at least know my way around making fairly basic video clips.

And I’ve been collecting duck pictures. Like this:

Duck with a silly grin standing in front of wet concrete covered in duck prints.

And this:

Duck standing on the edge of a weir with its wings spread as if it's surfing.

Not sure how (or if) I’m going to use them yet. My ambitions tend to be greater than my skills, which is why, in the past, I’ve ended up with lots of frustration and no actual trailer.

But this time…

Meanwhile I’m working on something completely different from Clara and Rita. (Though hopefully just as funny.) Next year’s book is a fantasy called Spellhound, and it’s already written. Now I’m writing the sequel, which has the working title of Fledge-witch. I’m currently knee-deep in dragons, witches, a talking knife and horned glob (don’t ask). Makes it a bit hard to drag my thoughts back to Little Dismal, but I’m doing my best.

If you’d like to read the first chapter of Rita’s Revenge, you can download it here. Just scroll down until you find the right button.

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