What does follow?


I thought I’d share an email between me and my editor Maryann…



From: Shirley Marr

To: Maryann Ballantyne

Subject: What Follows Next


Hi Mab,


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)


x Shirley


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.

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message 1: by jesse (new)

jesse reads like a back and forth of messages between two buddies ^^


message 2: by Jenna (new)

Jenna But... but... doesn't the milk stop the tea from, like, dispersing properly? (I am sure dispersing is not the right word for this, but it is Sunday morning and I am tiiiiiiiiiiiiired).

Yes, I got distracted by the tea. I am a tea addict.

But yaaaaaaaaay for working on something surprising. It sounds amazing. xx


message 3: by Shirley (last edited May 13, 2012 07:33PM) (new)

Shirley Marr @ Joe - :) I know Anne Rice some authors hate their editors because they think they're out to DESTROY AND MUTILATE THEIR BABY but I love my editor:)

@ Belle - the boiling water sterilises the milk! And I like my tea weak. Tea Purists - arrest me now! :D


message 4: by Tracy (new)

Tracy My sister in law is British and that is how she likes her tea. Her father calls it "clover tea".


message 5: by Shirley (new)

Shirley Marr "Clover Tea" - that's a gorgeous term Tracy! I'm going to start using it now to suggest I am posh :)


message 6: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling or my next venture, I’d like to return to my original roots and go dark

I totally enjoyed my time with Amy, but I am all for this idea. :)


message 7: by Shirley (last edited Jul 22, 2012 05:45PM) (new)

Shirley Marr Thanks Wendy *rubs hands in glee and cackles*


Eyehavenofilter Muuuwaahhhahaha !!!!


message 9: by Miriam (new)

Miriam Wendy Darling wrote: "or my next venture, I’d like to return to my original roots and go dark

I totally enjoyed my time with Amy, but I am all for this idea. :)"


It took me a minute or scanning to parse that this comment was not about hair dye.


message 10: by Shirley (new)

Shirley Marr Lol Ada! Thanks Skyla abd Miriam - OMG HOW FUNNY ARE YOU? BUAHAHAHAHA! But it's true! I'm currently growing my hair long and the natural colour cos I have to be a bridesmaid later this year:)


message 11: by Miriam (new)

Miriam I hope you are being a bridesmaid for someone cool who isn't making you wear the traditional hideous taffeta mess.


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