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Upcoming Event: Nairn Book & Arts Festival!

Hi, all – I’m delighted to announce that I’ll be at Nairn Book and Arts Festival this year! 🥳 Come join me on Fri, 6 Sep at 4pm for an interview/Q&A about OUR HIDEOUS PROGENY.

Thanks so much to the wonderful Sean Lusk for chairing, and to the Nairn Bookshop for sponsoring the event! 🖤 Tickets are £12 each, £3 for under-18s. Book your seat now!

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Wilbur Smith Shortlist: Help vote for the winner! :)

Fabulous news, all: Our Hideous Progeny has made it to the shortlist for the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize for Best Published Novel! 🥳 I’m tremendously honoured to see OHP make it to this final round, and so grateful to all the librarians & judges who’ve helped it get this far. Also, this means I get a fun new Q&A out on the Wilbur & Niso Smith Foundation website! 🙂

And what’s more, as part of the voting in the final round, readers get to help choose the winner!

One seat on the judging panel is reserved for readers – each person gets three votes to award, either all to one or to three different titles. At the end, the votes will be collated and awarded the equivalent weight to one seat on the panel.

Voting is open now, and will remain open until July 31st! 🥳

US Paperback Release & ebook/audiobook sale!

Hi all! It’s been a shamefully long time since I posted any updates here, as I’ve been busy at work editing Book 2 – but please join me today in celebrating the release of the US paperback version of Our Hideous Progeny! 🥳

Have you ever picked up the hardcover of OHP and thought, “Hmm, looks interesting, but I just feel like it’s approximately 8 ounces too heavy and 0.69 x 0.25 x 1 inches too large”? Then the OHP paperback is for you!!

Sales & Promotions!

  • In conjunction with the paperback release, the US ebook is on sale this month for $1.99, wherever ebooks are sold! Snap it up now for less than the price of a cup of coffee! (Honestly, in this economy?? Less than a third of the price of a cup of coffee :/ So buy three! Why not!!)
  • AND, the OHP audiobook is also on sale on Chirp until Jun 1st for $4.99! US-only also, I’m afraid, but I highly recommend Chirp – I’ve been subscribed to their audiobook deals email list for ages now, and their prices absolutely knock other retailers like Audible and Kobo out the park.

Award Nominations!

Fantastic news: OHP has been shortlisted this year for a few different literary awards!! Our Hideous Progeny is:

…shortlisted for the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction!

…a finalist for the Publishing Triangle’s Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction!

…and longlisted for the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize for Best Published Novel!

I’m so incredibly honoured to see OHP recognized among some truly amazing groups of finalists!!

UK Paperback Release!

Hear ye, hear ye: Our Hideous Progeny is out in paperback today!!*

(In the UK/Europe/commonwealth, at least – sorry, rest-of-the-world, you’ll have to wait ’til May! 😉 )

A few bits of news & announcements:

Waterstones Scottish Book of the Month!

I’m thrilled to announce that OHP has been picked as Waterstones’ Scottish Book of the Month!

This means that there’ll be some FAB window displays at various locations around Scotland! I’ll also be visiting as many as I can to do stock signings, so keep an eye out for those. 🙂


Fancy a free copy of OHP (& other goodies)? Check out these giveaways ASAP!

eBook Sale – get OHP for 99p!

For a limited time, the UK ebook of Our Hideous Progeny is on sale for only £0.99! Snap up your copy now on Kindle, Kobo, Google Play, and more.

(P.S. Sorry US folks – but look out for the US paperback and cheaper Kindle prices in May!)

P.S. It’s Award Eligibility Season! 👀🏆

If you’re reading for any literary, historical fiction, or speculative fiction awards this year, please consider OHP! If you’re judging for any such awards and are in need of a review copy, contact me and I’ll set you up.

Best of luck to all my fellow fabulous 2023 authors! 🌟

New Interview: LA Public Library Blog

I had an interview come out this week from the LA Public Library blog! I talk about historical & literary inspirations, my favourite Frankenstein adaptation, my dream cast for a hypothetical Our Hideous Progeny movie, and much more. Mad props to librarian Daryl M. for not only coming up with some fascinating questions (and for giving OHP such a wonderfully kind review!), but also lovingly hyperlinking every author and historical figure I mentioned in the interview! There must be some kind of librarian award for that, LOL.

You can read the full interview here, and the book review here!

New Article: The best historical books about women in science

I have a new article out today from! 📚👩‍🔬

Shepherd is a book recommendation website that relies on lists compiled by authors, allowing you to find reliable recs on specific topics ranging from “The best unexpected love stories in historical romance” to “The best books to introduce you to Black London.” (I really like their “Browse by Wikipedia topic” search function – super handy for finding research recs!)

For my list, I shared five of my favourite historical books featuring women scientists (both real and fictional)! These include fantastic books by Carrie Brown, Marie Benedict, Catherine Chung, Tracy Chevalier, and Margot Lee Shetterly. You can read the whole post here.

New Interview: Fantasy Book Critic

I had an interview out this week in the Fantasy Book Critic blog! I talked about Frankenstein, the writing/character-creation process, and lots more; you can read the full interview on Fantasy Book Critic’s website here!

New Article: 5 Ways to Make Your Historical Fiction Ring True

5 Ways to Make Your Historical Fiction Ring True

I had a new article out this week in Writers Digest on writing historical fiction!

Would you like to write historical fiction? Are you feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of research, or unsure how to get into the mindset of a character from a different era? Maybe one of these tips will help. You can read the full article here!

New Article: OHP Playlist on Largehearted Boy

I had such fun putting together this list for the blog Largehearted Boy’s awesome “Book Notes” series, where authors highlight songs that influenced the writing of their book! I got to talk about some of the songs I listened to on loop while writing OHP, and also share my full writing playlist. (Spoilers: there are a lot of film soundtracks, lol.)

You can read the full article here, or listen to my full (seven hour long, whoof) writing playlist for Our Hideous Progeny here!

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