New novel: ‘Becoming Fran’ has arrived!
Great excitement as my copies of the new novel ‘Becoming Fran‘ arrived today! Just had to take a photo as soon as I tore open the box. It seems they have a beginning and an end and all the right bits in between – so that’s okay. Available to preorder now, as a giveaway on Goodreads and out on Monday week – 8th February 2016.
Exciting news! The publication date for ‘Becoming Fran’ by Jill Treseder is February 8th 2016. So look out on the SilverWood Books website and Amazon, or best of all, support your local bookshop and order from them. It will be on sale in Dartmouth Community Bookshop for sure.
The story follows Fran as she struggles, first with her mother, then with relationships with men and most of all with herself. It’s set in 1960s Bristol, plus a good helping of Dorset and Cornwall in the 70s. Here’s what Mark McCrum had to say about it:
‘What seems to be a lovingly observed tale of growing up in provincial England in the 1960s turns out to be something much more, with a satisfying plot that creeps up on you unawares with an intriguing slow-burn complexity.’
Bristol Festival of Literature 2015
I enjoyed a stimulating day at the Green Lab in Bristol as part of the Litfest. The Silverwood table was loaded with books and it was fun to meet more fellow authors and chat to Helen Hart and the rest of the publishing team during the day and over delicious pizza at the Stable. The venue wasn’t ideal (noisy) but the interesting speakers on various aspects of writing and publishing made up for that.
Pleased with a new review on Goodreads which says the blurb doesn’t do justice to ‘A Place of Safety‘. Great compliment and also interesting warning about blurbs. It’s so hard to pick the right words to put on the back of a book that will grab attention, convey the themes and not give too much away. Timely too, as I’m in the process of writing the blurb for the next book!
Updates for the Penzance Litfest:
I had an inspiring time at the Penzance Litfest – first on a panel with SilverWood Books chaired by Director, Helen Hart as part of the ‘Independent Publishing’ day. It was a pleasure to meet fellow indie authors, Wendy Percival, Stephen Oram and Lucienne Boyce. We had a lively audience of 30 or 40 who were full of interesting questions – I learned a lot!
The ‘Inspired by Cornwall’ panel chaired by Des Hannigan was another lively event exploring how Cornwall had influenced the panel’s writing – both process and content.
South Hams Writers’ annual competition:
I attended the South Hams Writers’ dinner at Hazelwood House on 16th July. There were 5 categories of competition – short story, novel, poetry, non-fiction and playscript or monologue, not to mention an excellent dinner!
Writing Events in 2015:
The Penzance Litfest 8th-11th July.
I am very pleased to be on two panels – one with SilverWood Books of indie (independent) authors which is on Thursday 9th July and on the 10th July, another panel consisting of authors inspired by Cornwall.
My second novel ‘A Place of Safety’, which is set on Dartmoor, is now available! Published by SilverWood Books of Bristol, it is available from them, and can be ordered from bookshops or from Amazon. It is out as a paperback and as an ebook in various formats.
I was delighted to speak at Ways with Words last July and to have such a receptive audience. I was part of a day with the theme ‘The Creative Process’, and talked about what triggered the writing of ‘The Hatmaker’s Secret’ and of the next novel, amongst other things.
‘The Hatmaker’s Secret’ is doing well, and is available as a Kindle download and as a paperback from Amazon, and from Dartmouth Community Bookshop. I’m thrilled that it’s been well-reviewed and I keep meeting people who have enjoyed reading it, so click here to find out more.
Meanwhile the third novel is taking shape and I’m enjoying my beautiful view and the luxury of having time and a place for writing.
~ Jill Treseder