It’s been an unusually busy year here at Reeve Industries. Looking back over all the school and festival events I’ve done, it’s hard to believe that they all fitted into one twelve month period.
It’s been tiring, but a lot of fun, and pretty successful, I think. It was the Year of the Pug, as Sarah McIntyre and I unveiled Pugs of the Frozen North and inadvertently hitched a ride on the pug-fad bandwagon. We even got to meet actual pugs. It’s been great to see the book showing up on so many Best Children’s Books round-ups!
It’s also the year I returned to epic science-fantasy goings on with Railhead, which seems to be going down well with Mortal Engines fans. Some people seemed slightly dismayed that I’d gone off to write younger books with Sarah, and are relieved that I’m ‘back’, but I needed a complete break after the Fever Crumb books, and collaborating with McIntyre has proved to be just about the best decision I’ve ever made – Railhead couldn’t have happened without her. She even took the author photo for the cover!
It was a bit of a shock doing a solo event again, but I think I’ve cooked up one that works, and I’m looking forward to doing more next year. It even has it’s own specially-composed music, by mysterious electro band Lufthansa Terminal, which I’m hoping to put online next year (along with a complete, all-in-one-place version of the Railhead A-Z) But meanwhile, Tygertale book blogger Jake Hayes has put together a whole Railhead soundtrack on Spotify…
Also in 2016 we’ll be publishing the fourth Reeve & McIntyre book (out in September, title to be announced soon!), and Railhead will be launched in the U.S. (I’ll be revealing the cover early in the New Year.) Then there’s a UK paperback of Railhead due in the summer (but if you have a chance, do try and get the hardback while it’s still around – it’s a beautiful looking book). And hopefully in the autumn the even-more-epic Railhead 2 will appear – which is what I ought to be working on now, instead of this blog.
So I’m heading back to my writing desk. And, as usual, I’m planning to try and drop off social media bit in January and February, although I’ll still post the odd blog, I expect. Happy New Year!