Blog posts with the tag: "publishing"





I’m really excited because my debut novel Dark is the Sea finally has a launch date. It will be released on 12th November and will available to buy here.


The process of researching, writing, editing and publishing this novel has taken far longer than I ever anticipated, but it was important for me to get it right, and not to rush anything.


The setting; a remote village in the Scottish Highlands, and the protagonist; a young woman named Rowan, have both been in my imagination for years, and I tried to write about them in various different stories, none of which worked. I was so happy when everything clicked. I certainly have more characters, places and stories in my imagination, and I can’t wait to write more and share them with you.


Let the count down begin. 41 days until the release date! Put it in your calendars!



This week has been busy busy!


I had to find a Gaelic speaker to check that my translations were correct and also how to pronounce the words. Meg at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig the Gaelic school on the Isle of Ske helped me out.


This week I also received the first version of my novel all typeset. It still feels extremely surreal to see my novel set like a real book with its beautiful cover. I will be announcing soon when it will be released. So, here it is:


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On Wednesday I went for my photo shoot at Lumiere London. These shots will be used for an author photo in my book and also for this blog. The studio had beautiful exposed brick and gorgeous furniture. It would make an awesome apartment. I was supposed to look serious in most of the shots because my novel isn’t exactly a comedy, but unfortunately my resting face is not pleasant – I look utterly miserable when I’m not smiling. Oh well!



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On Wednesday evening I went to the theatre with a friend to see Still Company by Russell Maliphant Company. It was several performances of modern dance. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I really enjoyed it and the last dance was breathtaking. Not too sure what the interpretations were but I came to my own amusing conclusions.


Yesterday I went to the RNIB studios in Camden. I had to sit in a little room and read several pages from my novel into a microphone. I’m hoping to record an audio version of my book and this was my ‘taster’ session to see what it entailed. It was all very interesting but absolutely exhausting. It’s a very slow process that will take several evenings a week and may take months. I don’t actually listen to audio books, although I keep meaning to. I started listening to the intro of Rob Lowe’s audio book Love Life and he spoke about how he always prefers to hear the author read their own work.
I don’t particularly like hearing my own voice though (does anyone?) and the studio producer explained that we hear our voices through our cheekbones whereas other people are heard through our ears. That explains it then.






After the studio session I went for a tasty Italian meal with my husband. I like dining in Camden – it’s one of the best places in London for people-watching as there are so many interesting characters there, and a very unique dress sense.



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I also received some samples from the company who will be printing my book. So I’ve made my choice about what paper to choose and the overlook feel of the physical book.



I must admit that when I set out to write a book, I never imagined how much extra work goes into it after the final draft has been completed. It’s all new to me, but certainly exciting too.


This weekend it seems that the summer weather has finally arrived in London so I’m going to make the most of it! Enjoy your weekend!

Heather Blanchard

Welcome. Are you a writer, a bookworm, a daydreamer? Are you still clinging on to that magic that pervaded childhood? Pull up an armchair and get cosy. This blog is my dreamscape through an enchanted forest to a world of stories and the little things that make me happy; a chance to add a dash of sparkle to the daily grind. Here you will find the whimsical, the coveted, the Gothic and the romantic. Happy exploring!

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