Celine Kiernan's Blog, page 2
August 24, 2016
Just so you know what has been keeping me so quiet recently. A teeny tiny bit of the new book:
Mup flew upwards through the falling snow, a red-coated dash of colour skimming the stones of the castle walls. She had kicked the window shut before leaping into the air, and she doubted Dr Emberly Snr would guess she’d gone outside. But she knew she needed to get to the roof as quickly as possible, and away from the prying eyes. Up she flew and up, zigging and zagging to avoid the windows, up and up until she was among the turrets and the gutters and grim stone faces of the gargoyles. She paused, floating. The ground was a postage stamp of white below her, the walls dropping sheer like cliffs.
She wasn’t even slightly afraid of the height.
The wind sliced across the peak of the roof, whipping the ears of her rabbit hat, flapping her scarf like a banner. I’m glad I grabbed my coat, she thought, tying the hat-ears below her chin and squinting up at the towers and turrets and roofs which still loomed above her. Why on earth does Crow like it so much up here?
She knew her friend would be on the highest tower, perched on the weather-vane. Dad called this Crow’s thinking place. Crow called it his sulking place. Mup suspected it was a little of both. After years of not being wanted, Crow wasn’t used to living with a family, and Mup knew he needed to be alone sometimes. More than that, Mup suspected Crow needed a place he could call his own. Cold and lonely and uncomfortable as it was, the roof had become Crow’s territory. He would retreat here in the same way that Mup might retreat to her bedroom, for a bit of peace and quiet. Mup had always respected that, and had never tried to intrude on his privacy.
Until today, that is. Today she didn’t hesitate to intrude, and she launched herself upwards, following her own shadow across the steep slopes of the roofs and around the snow-covered turrets until she got to the place where she knew Crow would be.
He was perched on the weather-vane, his back to her, watching the sky. A distant gang of ravens flew in loose formation, heading North. Mup could just about hear their rusty cries as she landed on the narrow ridge tiles.
She crouched for balance, still completely unafraid of the height. Snow dislodged from beneath her booted feet, rolled down the roof, and fell to the yard below. It was extraordinary to be up so high. Witches Borough stretched out on all sides: the frozen river, the miles of sleeping forest, and far off in the foggy distance the hint of snowy fields. By some trick of the architecture, the wind wasn’t so bad up here, and the snow fell quite peacefully all around them, the sky close and grey and soft as feathers.
Mup rose to her feet. At this movement, Crow spun around, startled, and Mup realised he hadn’t noticed her arrival. He covered his fright in a furious bristling of feathers. He hopped from foot to foot. He chattered his beak in outrage.
Mup held up her hand. ‘Crow, I need to talk.’
OK. Hope you enjoyed that.
Back to work for me now,
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March 19, 2016
December 16, 2015
Hi guys! Boy have I been busy lately. SO much so that I haven’t even had time to finish inking in the art work for the so called ‘Halloween’ competition *blush* I still intend going ahead with it, but work is such that I have no idea when. SORRY TO ALL WHO’VE ENTERED SO FAR! I’ll be back to you. I promise.
I’ve so much book news for you, but I can’t share most of it yet. Soon.
In the meantime, I’ve finally got the answer to a question which has been haunting me for the last couple of years. Many Spanish readers who loved El Trono Envenenado were disappointed to discover that the sequels weren’t available in Spanish, and they’ve contacted me to ask when the translations might be ready. I only recently received yet another lovely such message. I didn’t reply straight away as I was waiting for news from my publishers, but I just learned that the new Spanish language publishers (EditionB) are in the process of re-translating The Poison Throne (a new translation, how cool!) It’s very likely they’ll go on to translate The Crowded Shadows and The Rebel Prince too (though I don’t know when)
I’m very excited that the Trilogia Moorehawke may finally be complete! As soon as I hear any more about release dates I’ll get back in touch and let you all know.
Please see below for a Spanish translation of the reply I sent to the latest query. (Many thanks to lovely Moorehawke fan (and all round cool guy), Luis, who reached out on facebook & translated this from English for me)
Muchas gracias por contactarme. Estoy encantada de escuchar que disfrutaste El Trono Envenenado. Siento mucho que la respuesta haya tomado tanto tiempo, pero la verdad es que he estado esperando para responderte una vez escuchara noticias de mi publicador.
Tengo entendido que el nuevo publicador en español (Edición B) están en procesos de volver a traducir El Trono Envenenado (¡Una nueva traducción! ¡Genial!), y eso es todo lo que ellos han avanzado en cuanto a traducción. Sé que La Amenaza de las sombras y el Príncipie Rebelde también (Pero la verdad es que no sé cuándo). En el momento en que sepa las fechas de lanzamiento te escribiré de vuelta.
Un abrazo enorme y gracias de nuevo.
October 9, 2015
My dear hearts,
The time of long nights and foggy evenings is upon us. What better time to win a scary, scary book! As you know, Resonance hasn’t yet been released outside of Ireland & Australia but this giveaway is INTERNATIONAL, so it doesn’t matter where you are, there’s a signed copy of Resonance AND an Audio book of Into the Grey up for grabs.
All you have to do to win is suggest text for the text box & speech bubble in the graphic novel page above. It’s a scene from Resonance, but you can add whatever text you like – funny, sad, scary – just go mad. You can email the text to me (celinekiernan1ATgmail.com SUBJECT LINE: Halloween giveaway) or you can leave it in the comments below.
The picture above is just a rough pencil sketch. As you can see it’s actually a wee flyer which I’ll be bringing to the OCTOCON FANTASY CONVENTION this weekend. Folks there will be free to enter the competition too.
Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be inking in this artwork. When the inks are done I’ll post them here, the prize will include a high quality print of the final artwork with the winning text added.
The competition is open until October 31st. Winner will be announced first week in November so get cracking, folks!
September 20, 2015
So, Raggedy Witches is finally finished (and only a scant year and ten months in the writing! Remember when I thought it’d take me six months? LOLOLOL)
It’s with my agent now* and I’m awaiting editorial notes.
I think I’m going to kick back for a good long rest now. I mean it this time! One year off. One whole year in which I’m determined to do nothing but read, knit, research and try and decide which of my projects I’d like to get started on next (Oh… and promote Resonance of course)
I’ve been writing non-stop for over a decade now, rolling from one project to the next without any kind of break. It’s been great, a huge outpouring of creativity. But I’m shattered. I need to build up some steam again. I need to climb back out into the world for a bit without that hazy gauze over my vision where I’m looking at everything from far away because half my brain is lost in a reality of my own making. I need some fuel for the next bonfire.
Anyway, I’ve two whopping great manuscripts to edit. Come See the Sky and Begone the Raggedy Witches are very different properties. I may very well end up working on both edits simultaneously (how interesting!) I love editing, it’s without doubt my favourite part of the writing process. It’ll be super to have the space to do so without the ‘I’ve-not-done-my-homework’ feeling that I should also be writing.
BTW, do you fancy meeting up? It’s no secret that I do very few public appearances, but I’ll be one of the panelists at Octocon this year. Come along and say hi, get some books signed by the best in Irish SFF, have a nice time at one of the friendliest cons in the world :)
*It’s actually been with her for over a month. I’ve just been too busy to print the MS!
September 4, 2015
July 17, 2015
Gosh the blog has been quiet, hasn’t it? I’ve been so busy trying to get Raggedy Witches finished for my August deadline that I simply haven’t had a moment to share all the lovely literary things that have been going on (right now, my twitter account might best for staying in touch with my ramblings)
To make up for my recent lack of blabbering, here are a series of videos I recently made as part of a support package for the Junior Cycle English Curriculum, of which Into the Grey is part.
Much and all as I detest seeing my ugly mug on screen – I think these are terrific interviews. They asked such interesting questions and I got to explore some deep stuff about why I think writing is important and what it was like being in school as a dyslexic and the thought process behind some of my work.
I hope you enjoy!