I thought I’d share an email between me and my editor Maryann…
From: Shirley Marr
To: Maryann Ballantyne
Subject: What Follows Next
I had fun writing Preloved, but for my next venture, I’d like to return to my original roots and go dark, so basically what I need from you is the permission and support to do this:)
What do you think of these ideas? (attached)
From: Maryann Ballantyne
To: Shirley Marr
Subject: RE: What Follows Next
You absolutely have my permission and support to do this. What would be your hearts desire out of the three mentioned here? I must say 1 and 2 appeal to me more than 3 which seems very ambitious – but maybe that is because it seems v ambitious and it is Friday evening. Might feel stronger on Monday morning! It is lovely working with you, Shirley. You are a creative powerhouse!
I’ve started work on something, but I can’t tell you anything because I am very, very superstitious*. All I can say is that it is very hard and the story is evolving faster than I can write it. It keeps changing and it’s like trying to catch a shard of rainbow in a butterfly net.
But as the mantra I have written states:
I want to write something that surprise everyone
I want to write something that surprises myself
I hope this is true. Wish me luck:)
*But not as superstitious as my mum. Conversation at dinner today: Me: You know I’m going into hospital on Thursday right? Mum: Will you be offended if I don’t come visit you because I am scared of bringing a ghost home?
PS – I do put my milk in my tea before the hot water. I know, it’s pretty gross. And I do get at least 2 cups out of each teabag, I know, I’m into conservation. And I’m actually a little old man from the 1950s.