So begins my new novel, The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day, which will be published by Nosy Crow on the 5th April 2018. As the dark nights draw in, April seems like an age away, but the brilliant team at Nosy Crow have already created beautiful bound proofs of the book which are now making their way into the hands of some early readers.
In her essay 'Where Do You Get Your Ideas From?', Ursula Le Guin - author of A Wizard of Earthsea, one of the urtexts of my childhood reading - wrote:
"The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it alive: a live thing, a story."
It's thrilling - and a little bit scary too - to realize that The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day is now coming alive and becoming a story, so it's been incredibly heartening to hear some early responses to the book:
Huge thanks to Jane, Nicola and Jo (whose tweet won't embed for some reason but you can find it here) for these kind words about the story.
I'll be revealing more details about The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day in the run-up to publication, but on Wednesday 1st November BookLoverJo will be revealing the cover to the book. If, like me, you're a fan of the amazing art that Matt Saunders created for The Many Worlds of Albie Bright and The Jamie Drake Equation, you're going to want to see his art for The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day.
I'll leave you now with a few more of the opening lines of the story.